Do you know your ABCs?

IMG_1691Exposure to the sun through work and play is a risk factor for skin cancer, as is a history of sunburn, especially in early life. So, while the sun is shining it is even more important than usual to slap on the sunscreen.

The use of a daily broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30+ has been clinically proven to prevent skin cancer and premature ageing of the skin if used throughout the year – yes, even when it’s cold and cloudy. Our fragrance free, oil free, preservative free, DermaProtect Day Cream is a daily moisturiser that contains a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30.

Moles – know the risks

Moles, brown spots and growths on the skin are usually harmless, but not always. If you have a certain type or large number of moles (more than 100), you are at greater risk of developing skin cancer.

The ABCDE method for checking moles is useful but if in doubt, getting them professionally assessed is vital.

Asymmetry

If you draw a line through the middle of a mole, the two sides will match, meaning it is symmetrical. Anything asymmetrical is a warning sign for melanoma.

Border

A benign mole has smooth, even borders, unlike melanomas. The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven and the edges may be scalloped or notched.

Colour

Most benign moles are all one colour — often a single shade of brown. Having a variety of colours is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, white or blue.

Diameter

Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than the eraser on your pencil tip (¼ inch or 6mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected. If you are concerned, seek professional help.

Evolving

Common, benign moles look the same over time. Be on the alert when a mole starts to evolve or change in any way. Any change in size, shape, colour, elevation, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting points to danger.

Help is at hand

So if your mole looks unusual or is just plain annoying, help is at hand. Our award-winning nurse consultant, Sue Ibrahim has honed her skills over the last 30 years to achieve incredible results when removing moles.

Sue knows and understands skin – this is her area of expertise. Moles can be removed quickly and painlessly at one of our daily minor surgery clinics in Rayleigh, Essex and central London. Once your skin has healed, you will barely be able to tell where the skin lesion once was.

Like to speak to a professional? Book a dermatology consultation with Sue now.