Make no mistake, there is no season for melanoma. It can arise at any time.
A recent MoleMap analysis has found that the proportion of melanoma identified during winter is the same as summer. This means winter is definitely not the time to become complacent. Especially if you are at higher risk of developing melanoma.
Self-examination is the first step towards early detection
A full body self examination enables you to detect any suspicious lesions that may be cancerous. Thinking ABCD can help you remember what to watch out for:
- Asymmetry - The shape of one half does not match the other.
- Border - The edges are often ragged, notched, blurred, or irregular in outline.
- Colour - The colour is uneven. Shades of black, brown and tan may be present. Areas of white, grey, red, pink, or blue may also be seen.
- Diameter - Size changes and usually increases.
Some melanomas do not fit the ABCD rule. So if you notice a mole that:
- itches or bleeds
- is changing shape, size or colour
- is new
- is different from others
Don’t delay and seek for a specialist immediately. When detected and treated early, melanoma is nearly 100% curable.