Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Skin Cancer in pictures

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Finding an unusual mole can be scary, especially if you don't know the difference between 'normal' and 'abnormal'. I had one a few years ago on my back, and it turned out to be normal but it freaked me out a bit.

Here's a handy visual guide from Fitsugar on how to tell what's normal and what's not when it comes to moles. In a nutshell, look for:
  • Uneven colouring
  • Asymmetric shape
  • Jagged (as opposed to smooth) border
  • Diameter -- it should be no larger than a pencil eraser
If your mole has one of the following characteristics, don't panic. It could be nothing but the point is, you never know. Just see your doctor.

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