Mole checks should be part of every melanoma* prevention program. Monthly mole self-checks are imperative and one would look for ANY CHANGE in your pre-existing mole as well as look out for any new ones.
*Melanoma: One of the most frightening cancers because it knows no race, gender or age boundaries. And when it hits it runs wild wreaking havoc and spreading to many organs in the body. Time is not on your side with melanoma and once it spreads there is often no chance to try and “beat it.”
Melanoma may arise in a mole or “beauty-spot” as we call them and any change to these can detect an early dysplastic or changing mole. If these are cut out early enough they will never become malignant.
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Mole-mapping is a process of photographing each individual mole on your body at a high magnification, to determine dangerous moles or melanoma. This should be performed at least yearly by a dermatologist. If you have had any dysplastic (changing) moles, mole-mapping should be done at 6 monthly intervals. If you have had a melanoma, mole-mapping should be done every 3 months for the first year and thereafter as directed by your dermatologist.
Mole checks and sun-protection are the two most important factors in melanoma prevention and are imperative in the war we are waging against this dreadful disease. Be kind to your skin, you only have one!
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