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 blogposts dedicated to the most common signs of skin cancer. We focus on the ABCDE-method for detecting early signs, that will help you when performing self-checks and to get you to a doctor in time. Today we look at D, which stands for diameter.
Why is diameter important for skin cancer risk?
Of course this is not set in stone, but it has been proven that melanomas have a bigger diameter than ‘normal’ moles or skin spots.
As a reference you can think about the eraser on top of a pencil. This eraser is around 6mm in diameter. If a mole on your body is bigger than that, this might be an indication of risk. Especially in combination of other signs (like colors or evolution of the mole) it’s important to have it checked.
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!