Lat prevention of melanoma it is possible. A good habit that we should all make is that of independently check our skin at least once a month. L’periodic self-examinationthat does not replace dermatological control, it can help us notice every little change in our skin and moles, paying particular attention to those that change or arise out of nowhere. Indeed, about 75% of melanomas appear from scratch and only 25% arise on a pre-existing mole.

    Melanoma self-examination: the ABCDE rule

    But what do we need to check for the lesions of our skin? We have two rules that come to our aid and that are found well explained in the posts of the MelanomaDay Association. S.i deals with the rule of the ABCDE and the rule of the ugly duckling.

    According to the ABCDE we must be very careful about:

    1. Asymmetry of the mole: it is important to evaluate that the mole is not asymmetrical, so we can hypothesize to trace the axis of symmetry in the center and evaluate if the two parts are equal.
    2. Irregular edges: irregular edges should make us suspicious, while we prefer moles with regular and well-defined edges.
    3. Inhomogeneous color, presence of more colors: even the presence of more colored areas than others, or of different colors in the same mole or the change in color must make us suspicious and require a dermatological control.
    4. Lesion size: it is necessary to evaluate how big the lesion is and especially if it grows quickly.
    5. Evolution of the mole: any change in a mole should be noted, in case of suspicion it is a good idea to undergo a dermatological examination.

    What is the Ugly Duckling

    The ugly duckling, on the other hand, is that lesion that is different from all the others. Or looking at the skin, especially if we have a lot of moles, at a glance if there is one that looks different than all the others, then it could be the ugly duckling. That is, a skin tumor.

    These rules, it should be remembered, only help us to identify suspicious lesions which must then be checked as soon as possible by a dermatologist. However, it is absolutely not certain that they must be a melanoma, so it is good to avoid getting scared and instead undergo a dermatological check-up. Only the dermatologist will be able, through his clinical experience and the dermatoscopy to evaluate if a lesion is really suspicious or not and if it is appropriate to remove it. But we can help by reporting any changes or anomalies.

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    Prevention is in our hands (and on our skin)

    Thanks to these prevention rules, I very often receive messages and testimonies from people who have discovered a melanoma on their skin early or from their families. Prevention is possible and early diagnosis saves lives, help us to inform as many people as possible about these simple and very useful rules and follow us on Instagram And Facebook @gianlucapistore And @melanoma_day.