ABC’s of Moles

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Throughout the month of May we are celebrating Head to Toe Beauty with the ladies from F.A.B Women. Every week we’ll update with information on taking care of a different part of your body. This post is just some added info on taking care of our skin and will be focusing on the ABC’s of Moles

We just want to remind you to look out for ‘beauty spots’ on your skin when in the shower, or ask your beautician to keep her eyes open for them when you go for a treatment. Just to make sure that your moles are safe and not potential dangerous to your health there are five things that you need to keep your eye on and we call that the ABC’s of Moles.

A  –  Asymmetry

This can be assessed by comparing one half of the growth to the other half to determine if the halves are equal in size. Unequal or asymmetric moles are suspicious.

B   –  Border

If the mole’s border is irregular, notched, scalloped, or indistinct, it is more likely to be cancerous (or precancerous) and is thus suspicious.

C   –  Colour

Variation of colour (e.g., more than one colour or shade) within a mole is a suspicious finding. Different shades of browns, blues, reds, whites, and blacks are all concerning.

D  –   Diameter 

Any mole that has a diameter larger than a pencil’s eraser in size (> 6 mm) should be considered suspicious.

E   –  Elevation

If a mole is elevated, or raised from of the skin, it should be considered suspicious.

A couple of other things to keep in mind is that a change in colour, shape, size, surrounding skin, sensation or the surface texture of the mole could be danger signs of Malignant Melanoma. If any of these sign occur or a spot seems suspicious to you, be sure to have it checked out by your physician.

The rule of thumb is, if any CHANGES occur on you moles, have them checked out.

Zelmarie and Karen from F.A.B Women are sharing the beauty basics from head to toe with us this month. For more information you can go have a look at their site and tune into Kingfisher FM every Monday between 11:00 and 11:30

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