Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, including the scalp and soles of the feet. Even under the fingernail. See your doctor for a full-body skin cancer screening. Skin cancer has a high cure rate if treated early. The most common sign is a visible change on the skin. A new growth or change in an existing mole. Use the ABCDE’s of melanoma when checking.
A. Asymmetry: One half doesn’t match the other half.
B. Border: The borders are poorly defined or irregular.
C. Color: The color is not the same throughout or has different shades.
D. Diameter: The mole is larger than a pencil eraser.
E. Evolution: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
The earlier you are seen by a dermatologist, the better chance of early diagnosis and treatment.
- Use a mirror to examine your body from head to toe. Use a mirror to see areas which are difficult to see. Have a friend check areas you are not able to reach.
- Pay special attention to areas exposed to the sun.
- Check your scalp and neck for moles.
- Develop a mental note to keep record of all the moles and what they look like.
If your moles do change or begin to look suspicious, see your dermatologist.