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Know your moles

05 May 2014, 10:11

Abuja - Being sun-wise might seem dull, especially when you’re young, but the price you’ll pay when you’re older is just not worth it.

Don't only depend on sunscreen

Clothing offers you the greatest protection; the tighter the weave the better.

Nylon stockings have an SPF of 2, regular hats an SPF of 3 – 6, summer-weight clothing an SPF of 6.5, and specially designed sun-protective clothing an SPF of up to 30.

Take care on holiday

Two or more episodes of severe sunburn or blistering under the age of twenty years and intermittent exposure increases your risk of skin cancer later in life.

It's not a great topic to talk about, but malignant melanoma is the most serious and life-threatening form of skin cancer.

Practice intelligent sun behaviour and check yourself or get your specialist to check ‘sun spots’ for you.

The A,B,C,D,E and F of moles

Any one or more of these is a red light:

A – Asymmetry (one half does not match the other).

B – Border irregularity (raggedy edges, blotchy or blurred).

C – Colour variation (mottled black, brown, tan, red, or blue).

D – Diameter of 6mm or more or sudden growth of a mole (size of an eraser at the back of a pencil).

E – Elevation, evolutionary changes, or a mole that has enlarged.

F - Family history is important to consider because melanoma is not always sun related, but may be familial or gene linked. Family members of a patient with a malignant melanoma should be examined professionally each year.

- Health24

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