Mole or Melanoma

Mole or melanoma Skin Cancer?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest-rising cancer. It develops from skin cells called melanocytes. There are two main types of skin cancer.

  • Non-melanoma skin cancer (BCC and SCC)
  • Melanoma skin cancer (Malignant melanoma)

86% of melanoma cases are preventable, so the early detection of melanoma is vital.

Who is at risk for Melanoma?

Skin cancer can develop in anyone regardless of age, gender, or skin type. However, those at greater risk often fall into these categories:

  • Fair skin tone
  • Sunbed user
  • A history of sunburn
  • Regular and prolonged outdoor activities
  • Having more than 100 moles over the entire body
  • A Family history of skin cancer or melanoma

Melanoma or Mole?

Here are some possible signs to look for when distinguishing between a normal mole and a potentially concerning mole or melanoma.

  • Asymmetry

Moles are typically symmetrical in shape. Melanomas may have irregular or asymmetrical shapes.

  • Border

Moles often have well-defined and smooth borders, whereas melanomas may have irregular, blurred, or notched borders.

  • Colour

 Moles usually have a uniform colour, while melanomas may have a mix of different colours, including shades of brown, black, red, blue, or white.

  • Diameter

Moles are generally smaller in size. Melanoma is more significant and larger than 6mm, although it can be smaller in some cases.

  • Evolution

Pay attention to any changes in new or existing mole's size, shape, colour, or elevation over time.

As well as these symptoms, if you have anything unusual such as itching, bleeding, or crusting, always visit your GP to check. Early detection and treatment are crucial for successful outcomes in the case of melanoma or any skin cancer.

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Setsuko Takeuchi

Setsuko is a Beauty Therapist with more than 15 years experience. After obtaining an NVQ level 3 from Exeter college, she obtained further level 4 qualifications in Laser & Light Therapy Treatments CIBTAC and Skin Needling VTCT. She has also had advanced training in Intimate Waxing from Kim Lawless.