ALL ORDERS SENT WITH FAST DELIVERY VIA DHL EXPRESS

What to look out for: harmless mole or potential skin cancer?

What to look out for: harmless mole or potential skin cancer?

For the untrained eye, it's not easy distinguishing between harmless (also known as benign) moles and those which need further attention.

By regularly checking and getting to know your skin, you may notice moles that are changing and identify new moles. In a study involving 3,500 Queenslanders with melanoma, the study found that almost half were detected by patients themselves and around one fifth were found by partners. 

In recent decades, the incidence of skin cancer has increased in Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries around the world.

Despite skin cancer being described as Australia's "national cancer" (2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 years old), it is also described as being "the most preventable". It is never too late to start protecting your skin as skin damage is cumulative.

If you spend time outdoors, medical experts recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing as the first line of defence against the sun's ultraviolet rays. 

Solbari believes in prevention being the best cure, getting to know your skin and getting regular skin checks. 

Do you know what to look out for when you check your skin?

The features of melanoma to look out for are often referred to as the ABCD rule:

Asymmetry
Half of the mole does not match the other half in size, shape or colour.

Border
The edges of moles are irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined.

Colour
The mole is not the same colour throughout.

Diameter
The mole is usually greater than 6 millimetres when diagnosed, but may also be smaller.

    The ABCD rule has been used by Doctors for more than 25 years to identify suspicious moles. But with the increasing diagnosis of nodular melanomas (about 20% of all cases of melanoma) and smaller melanomas which do not subscribe to the ABCD rule, the EFG rule has been added. 

    Evolution and Elevation
    A mole or skin lesion that is different from the rest, or changes in size, shape, or colour.

    Firmness
    Benign moles are quite soft to touch, whereas melanoma lesions can be solid.

    Growth
    Benign moles often remain relatively the same size, whereas melanoma lesions can often grow rapidly. 

      If you are concerned about moles with any of the features described above, consult your skin doctor or dermatologist.

      You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below
      Women UPF50+
      Men UPF50+   
      Sun hats UPF50+   
      Accessories UPF50+   

      The Solbari Team
      This blog is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional.



      Also in Solbari Blog

      The A B C D E of skin checking
      The A B C D E of skin checking

      It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.  

      As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."

      Read More
      Want healthier skin? Nutrition plays an important role.
      Want healthier skin? Nutrition plays an important role.

      Many of us are concerned with not only our general health but also the health of our skin. Good nutrition can help us maintain an attractive complexion, as well as look and feel healthy. 

      We have compiled a list of foods, nutrients and vitamins which can contribute to your skin looking healthier.

      Read More
      We've got you covered series with Dr. Anita Lasocki
      We've got you covered series with Dr. Anita Lasocki

      Melbourne dermatologist Dr Lasocki joins us for our "We've got you covered" series to share her perspective and recommendations relating to skin cancer prevention and sun safety.
      Read More