Checking moles: the ABCDE rules

Checking moles the ABCDE rules

Harmful sun rays don’t just cause wrinkles and damage your skin but can also cause skin cancer. Looking after your skin is one thing, taking a closer look at your moles is another. It may seem trivial, but checking moles is the best way to detect the first signs of skin cancer. It's a serious topic - 90% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if caught early on.

The first step to protect your skin and prevent the chances of skin cancer is by using sunscreen. When spending time outdoors, slather on a generous amount of SPF like the UV Perfect Even Complexion Sunscreen by L’Oréal Paris. With everyday use of this sunscreen, skin is protected against signs of photo-aging, external stress, and pollution particles adhesion.

Just because you use sunscreen does not mean you can skip examining your skin for moles? How often should you check my moles? Once a year is enough - Face, scalp, hands, arms, torso, back, legs, feet - it's wise to check your own and those on others too. It's particularly important if you have skin phototype I and ii, if you have numerous moles, if you don't often tan, or if you frequently get sunburned.

Follow the ABCDE method devised by dermatologists to quickly study your moles and check for any anomalies.

• A for Asymmetry = a mole that's neither round nor oval and has an asymmetrical shape.

• B for Border = a mole that has an uneven rather than defined edge.

• C for Colour = a mole that isn't a single shade of brown but rather a blend of colours.

• D for Diameter = if a mole is larger than 6mm in diameter.

• E for Evolution = a mole that changes in size, thickness or colour in a short space of time.

If you spot any of the above, don't procrastinate - go see a dermatologist. Nothing beats a professional opinion!