Make no mistake, there is no season for melanoma. It can arise at any time.
A MoleMap analysis of the NZ Cancer Registry has found that the number of cases of melanomas reported during winter rose by 24% between 2003 and 2005.
So potentially thicker melanomas and a larger number of melanomas reported, means that winter is definitely not a good time to become complacent. Especially if you are at higher risk of developing melanoma.
Self-examination is the first step towards early detection
A full body self examination enables you to detect any suspicious lesions that may be cancerous. Thinking ABCD can help you remember what to watch out for:
Some melanomas do not fit the ABCD rule. So if you notice a mole that:
Don’t delay and seek for a specialist immediately. When detected and treated early, melanoma is nearly 100% curable.