We all have the odd blemish or skin tag on our skin, but with around 16,000 reported cases of melanoma a year it is always good to be proactive in checking ourselves over.
Most adults have between 10 and 40 moles on their body varying in size, shape and colour. These usually stop forming when we turn 40 years old, but it is always good practice to check for any changes of each blemish regularly.
According to Cancer.gov, a common mole is usually 5mm wide, round or oval with a distinct edge and dome.
A growing and changing legion - photo credit: miiskin.com/melanoma-pictures/
How to Check your Moles
You should follow the "ABCDE" guide when checking your moles once a month to ensure that they have not changed in the following five ways:
A- Asymmetry (are both halves matching?)
B- Border is irregular (has the mole kept its shape?)
C- Colour is uneven (all one colour or multiple?)
D- Diameter change (is the diameter over 6mm?)
E- Evolving (has the size, shape or colour changed at all?)
Whilst most new or existing moles can be harmless, always consult your doctor with any concerns.
New Team Member
Dr Andrew Jackson is the newest team member at My Specialist GP, holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine. He has spent two winter seasons working as a registered Mountain Doctor in a ski resort medical centre in The French Alps.
Dr Jackson will regularly be performing Minor Surgery, where he is able to analyse your skin complaint and remove any moles or skin tags that are bothering you. If need be, we are also able to send these off for analysis.
Our new doctor can also assess and refer patients who have MSK issues, as well as administering injections for joint problems.
Our Minor Surgery team are also able to administer cryotherapy, glue cuts and repair split earlobes. After consultation, your surgery can be booked with us within as little as two weeks.