Did you know that skin cancers rarely hurt? They are more likely to be seen than felt. That’s why it’s important to check your skin regularly for any new spots or changes to existing freckles or moles. Diem Tran from Cancer Council SA explains how to check your skin for signs of skin cancer, and what to look for.
Following the ABCDE guide can help detect early signs of melanoma on the skin, but don’t forget to also look out for dry, scaly spots that might be itchy or ulcerate which are indicators of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Asymmetry – The spot/lesion is halved and the two halves are not mirroring each other.
Border – Spots with edges that are spreading or jagged
Colour – Different colours throughout the spot
Diameter – Look for spots that are getting bigger
Evolving – Spots that are changing in colour or shape or growing
If you notice any new spots or existing spots that are changing in colour, shape or size, see your GP as soon as possible. Your GP will be able to diagnose, treat or refer you to a specialist.
Cancer Council SA doesn’t recommend population-based skin cancer screening. It’s instead recommended people become familiar with their own skin and self-check it regularly. However, if you’re high risk for skin cancer, speak to your doctor about a suitable surveillance plan.
Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide! By following these steps you’ll give your skin the best chance of being protected.
For more information head to https://www.cancersa.org.au/cut-my-risk/i-want-to-cut-my-risk/be-sunsmart