How to spot a suspicious mole

We call this the ABCDE of moles.
– A stands for Asymmetry. Which means if you draw a line through it, You cannot get a mirror image
– B stands for Border irregularity
– C stands for multiple colours such as brown, black, red, blue and white. You can even have grey. Keep in mind that some melanomas lack pigment, which means they are skin or tan coloured.
– D stands for a diameter greater than 6mm, although lesions that are suspicious should be investigated before they get to this size
– E Stands for evolving. This means changes in shape, size, colour, surface or the development of symptoms.
Look out for new worrying symptoms such as pain, bleeding or ulceration

Remember: only half of melanomas occur in pre-existing moles, the other half arise where there wasn’t anything there before. So keep an eye out for new moles.

Role of photography
For a record of what the mole looks like, it’s a good idea to take a photograph, ideally with a ruler marking, so that you can compare subsequent checks to that original photo.

Please take this as general advice and remember, anything suspicious, please get it checked out!