Mole-spotting is not only for gardeners, it could save your skin
Having written previously about the “Know Your Lemons” breast cancer awareness campaign, I am now writing to urge you to keep a watchful eye on your skin moles.
We all have them, those little brown marks on our bodies that are, for the most part, entirely benign and not troublesome. Of course, some moles have attained trademark status, Cindy Crawford’s for example, but most of us have moles only we or our partners see that do not attract so much public attention – and with the arrival of summer, when the sun’s ultra violet rays are at their strongest, it is especially important to take notice of any such moles if they appear to alter in colour, shape or feel.
While many skin moles are completely harmless, certain types have the potential to change from their benign state to become malignant and cancerous. In the vast majority of cases, early diagnosis can lead to successful treatment and now there is an easy way to remember how to spot a suspect mole following the ABCDE scheme that focusses on highlighting a mole’s Asymmetry, Borders, Colour, Diameter, and Elevation.
If a particular mole concerns you, pay close attention to changes in its asymmetry or irregular shape, whether its borders have become ragged-edged, its colouration and whether this has changed, its diameter and whether the mole has grown bigger or wider, and the elevation of the mole: has it changed from lying fairly flat to being raised or bumpy?
Sadly, in my time as a clinical negligence lawyer, I have acted for a number of clients who either did not realise their mole had changed shape or colour, or had put off getting help until it was too late for effective treatment. Worse still, I have known clients who went to see their general practitioner and were told that all was well, only to discover at a later date that they had been misdiagnosed.
If you are concerned about the impact a diagnosis, or lack of one, has made to you or a loved one, George Ide’s professional and experienced clinical negligence team is on hand to offer dependable, confidential advice on 01243 786668.
In the meantime, again I urge you to be vigilant, consult your doctor, ask for a second opinion or a referral to a specialist dermatologist if you think you need to and, above all, remember your ABCDEs.
James Hawke. Solicitor and Head of clinical negligenceGeneral, George Ide, News, Personal Injury Blog