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Body Check – Moles Transcript.

Dr Christian: Moles are generally harmless but they can develop into a deadly form of skin cancer – called a malignant melanoma.

To increase the chances of successful treatment the cancer must be spotted early,
Which is where you come in. Checking your own moles is the most efficient and fast way to spot a problem.
New moles can occur at any time – they form where there’s a concentration of pigment, which can just happen or can result from sun exposure.

Moles naturally come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours and can even be hairy. These in themselves are nothing to worry about. It’s any changes or unusual characteristics that are important. Use the simple ABCD rule to spot these changes.

A stands for Asymmetry. Look to see if the shape of the mole is different from one side to the other.

B is for Border. The edges of the mole shouldn’t be blurred or jagged.

C stands for Colour. Look out for changes or if the mole develops different shades or patchy colouring.

Finally D is for Diameter. Check if the mole increases in size and particularly look out for any mole measuring more than 6 millimeters, which is about the size of the end of a pencil. If any of these changes occur you should make an appointment to see your doctor.Also, if a mole reddens, itches or bleeds you should get it seen as soon as possible.

For this body check and others featured on the site we want to hear about your findings so please come back to share your results and discuss them with other site users.

Examine your moles regularly to check for new ones or changes to the old ones. You should also check in hard to reach places; moles can appear anywhere on the body. Use a mirror or get a friend to help. Taking a well-lit photo is a great way to compare changes over time.

And if you have any concerns do contact your GP.

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Body Check: Moles

Moles are generally harmless but they can lead to a deadly form of skin cancer called a malignant melanoma. In this video, Dr Christian explains what to look out for when checking your moles.

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New moles can develop at any time. Moles generally come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. They are normally nothing to worry about, unless they start to change and develop unusual characteristics. Use the simple A B C D rule to spot these changes.

A – Asymmetry, a mole shouldn’t differ from one side to the other.
B – Border, the edges of the mole shouldn’t be blurred or jagged.
C – Colour, look out for any changes in colour or patchy shades.
D – Diameter, check to see if a mole increases in size or if it is larger than 6mm across.

Also check to see if a mole reddens itches, crusts or bleeds and if you spot any of these changes, make an appointment and see your GP.

We want to hear about your findings, so please click the link below and add your results to our national survey.

+++Update+++

From the 13th – 20th May 2009 we conducted a National Health Survey to find out how many people had potentially problematic moles. Below are the detailed results.

Most of you who responded had normal looking moles, but around 10% of you found ones with either asymmetric or irregular borders. These are often benign, but if you are worried, or you spot changes to your moles, get them checked out. A good way to check for changes is to take a photo of your mole at regular intervals. That way you can judge whether the mole is changing, and take the pictures to your doctor if necessary.

Around a fifth of you reported itchy moles. This is definitely something that you should see your GP about, especially if they are painful or start to bleed regularly.

A small number of you also reported moles that had reddened suddenly, which comes under the ‘c’ for change warning sign. This can be a normal pigment change, but it could also be indicative of a mole turning malignant, so should be checked out by a medical professional.

Normal Moles – 56%
Irregular Border – 3%
Uneven Colour – 1%
Assymetric – 9%
Large Diameter – 8%
None – 23%

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Hello, I'm 27 and I'm concerned about a mole that has appeared on the under side of my breast. It almost feels rough and grainy (like a scab!) and is made up of dark brown speckles. Originally it didn't have any colour at all and was just a skin coloured rough area that I discovered on holiday in July, I have only just noticed it's new appearance. The other worry is that it is on top of a lump in my breast. However, I had a biopsy on the lump 5rs ago and was told it was not cancerous.





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Hi I have a mole only small but has gone black red around it it's very warm and my arm aches also don't know if related but my neck is a bit stiff as well do u think I should have it checked out as I don't want to waste anyone time doctor wise





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A mole has recently appeared on my jaw line on the left side, its got a scab on it but has recently become very itchy and also sore to touch, should i go to my doctors?





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I'm a 41year old female. I had a mole on the lip of my vagina all my life. About a month ago it must of got infected it raised up like 3 time it size, overnight. I popped it thinking it was a ingrown hair, and forgetting about having a mole there. It bleed a lot but its down to regular size. I just remembered about the mole today. Should I be worrying & should I go to a dr ? Maybe it was just an ingrown hair.





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I have had a lot of pain in my arm I have found two small moles which started iching do you think I should have it check out





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You should all go and see your GP's as soon as possible its no good asking it on here, the only advice to give is when it doubt get it checked out.





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I have a mole that has always been there since i can remember in my pelvic area. However i have noticed that it has become more raised. I am 5 months pregnant and afraid of leaving it to get checked.





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I have a greyish spot on my left wrist, it's quite raised and it's been there for a few months, it doesn't cause me any pain or discomfort however it's very unsightly, my doctor said it's an ingrown hair but no pictures I have found look even remotely similar, please help





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I've got a thing what has been growing on the side of my head it's quite big and crusty it's been growing for about a month there was nothing there before what shall I do please





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I have a mole on my bell-end please help!;(





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