Skin Cancer, Melanoma Awareness
One of the best ways to find out if a growth on your body may be the most dangerous skin cancer is to use melanoma pictures. These will give you the guidance which you require for evaluating any growth. It is much easier to make a comparison when you have an image in front of you. Use some practical advice on how to make the most out of the images.
Using melanoma pictures for guidance
Look at the images that you have available and examine closely the shapes of the moles on them. They are typically irregular. It is easy to recognise irregularity when looking at a growth on your body. You will see that the two halves of the growth do not match each other in terms of shape.
You will also notice that the borders are uneven and not perfectly smooth and round or oval. For instance, instead of being perfectly round or oval an atypical growth may have the shape of a cloud with uneven edges.
You should definitely focus on the colours in the melanoma pictures. You will see that the atypical moles have two or more colours in their structure. The melanoma growths often seem to have differently coloured patches which may appear to be layered over one another.
Alternatively, you may see a growth in one colour with two or three big dots in a different colour. The colours which can be present in a mole are many and different. The list includes tan, pink, red, light, medium and dark brown and black.
Above: If a mole is larger than 6mm get it checked by a doctor or dermatologist
Melanoma pictures: Mistakes to avoid
Often the images which you see have been magnified, so that the features of the moles can be examined better. That is why you should not compare the size of the growths on your body with the size of the growths on the pictures. In general, any growth bigger than 6 mm in diameter should be regarded as suspicious and must be checked by a dermatologist.
You need to keep in mind that the images which you see are just examples which can help you get an idea about asymmetry, borders and colour. You should not assume that your growths have to be exactly the same as or similar to those on the pictures. The images should be used for guidance and not for comparison.
Overall, since the use of melanoma pictures is not guaranteed to produce accurate results, it is best if you get regular mole checks during which images of the growths are taken and examined professionally.
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Note: This quick questionnaire is designed to give you an idea of your personal skin cancer risk factors.
It isn’t intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis – please contact us if you have any questions about your skin cancer risk.
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