Belfast Skin Clinic – Do you know your ABCDEs?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise.

At least 100,000 new cases are now diagnosed each year in the UK and the disease kills over 2,500 people each year. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.

Check your skin for signs of cancer. If you see any mole or new mark on your skin that is changing in size, shape or colour, is itching or bleeding, you should get it checked.

Most skin cancers can be cured if detected early. You should check your skin regularly, ideally once a month. You should examine the skin all over your body, from head to toe.

THE ABCDEASY WAY TO CHECK MOLES

Melanomas can develop from existing moles, but they may also appear as new marks on previously normal skin. Although they are usually pigmented, occasionally they can be red in colour.

This guide tells you a few of the signs to look for (ABCDE) that might indicate a melanoma:

(Call us to book a consultation if you notice any changes to your moles or skin, even if they are not the same as those described below)

A is for Asymmetry: Irregular shapes, such as two very different-looking halves.

B is for Border: Irregular, notched or scalloped borders.

C is for Colour: Variable, uneven colour with different shades of black or brown or pale areas.

D is for Diameter: Melanomas are usually greater than 5mm in diameter, (however the diameter can be less than this.)

E is for Evolving: Changes in size, shape or colour.

We are proud to have Northern Ireland’s only Full Body Mole Scanner which takes detailed images of your moles for surveillance. The mole scanner assists with analysis to help with the detection early skin cancers.

Belfast Skin Clinic

If you are concerned about any moles or lesions or if your concerns match any of the points above, Call Us Today.

We are continuing to provide consultations in the clinic for patients concerned about skin cancer as well as those with serious skin problems throughout the Covid-19 crisis. For all other skin problems, we are offering online consultations.

To Book your consultation, Call Us Today on 02890667077 or email info@belfastskinclinic.com

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram @belfastskinclinic

 

 

 

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