Early detection: check your skin
A melanoma can develop anywhere on the body, including places which do not receive frequent sun exposure, but may have been sunburnt.
A melanoma is likely to have a similar appearance to a mole but unlike a mole, a melanoma will usually grow larger and become more irregular in shape and colour.
Check your skin and moles at least every three months. The ABCDE rule is a useful guide of what to look for.
|Asymmetry - Moles that, if divided in half are not the same on both sides.|
|Border - Moles with edges that are jagged like a coastline.|
|Colour - Moles gaining or losing colour, or multicoloured.|
|Diameter - Moles more than 1/2 cm in diameter (especially if uneven colour).|
|Evolution - Moles that have changed size, shape, colour or risen.|
If you spot any of them, see your doctor straight away.