Skin cancer awareness month: A for Asymmetry

You might not be aware (yet), but May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. During this month a lot of people contribute to the mission of raising awareness of skin cancer risk to as many people as possible. To support this cause, we will publish a series of blog posts dedicated to the most common signs of skin cancer. When you are aware of those signs, it's easier to know when you can perform a self-check or visit a doctor. We focus on the ABCDE-method, and start today with A for Asymmetry.

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The asymmetry of a mole can be a sign of risk. So why is that? Melanoma lesions are often irregular, or not symmetrical, in shape. Benign (or healthy) moles are usually symmetrical. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, so it’s important to keep an eye on the form.

How do you do that?

When you take a look at a mole, imagine drawing a line right through the middle – as you see in the illustration below. Both sides of the line should be equal, so they should look the same. If both sides are looking different, that might be an indication of risk. Make sure to check it out further if you spot a mole like this.

 

 

Self-check now

The first step to take is to self-check. This is the easiest way to get an instant risk indication of that mole you worry about. Start using the SkinVision app today to take a picture of the mole, and track your skin health over time.

What you can do to help

Skin Cancer Awareness Month is about spreading the word. So what can YOU do to help? Spread the word to your friends and family by sharing this article, click here to post to Twitter directly. Also, on the #MostCommonCancer hashtag a lot of valuable content is being shared – so make sure to support that hashtag as well. Thank you!

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