Melanoma - PureSkin Dermatology


Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that can sneak up on you.  It is easier to treat when diagnosed early, and prevention is key! 

For early diagnosis and treatment, we recommend performing monthly self skin checks in a well-lit room with a long mirror. Remember to check through your scalp, fingers and toes too! Look for any of the following changes to your moles, whether they are pre-existing or new: 

  • Asymmetry – half the spot doesn’t look like the other half
  • Border irregularities – the borders of the spot are uneven
  • Colour changes – the spot has more than 1 colour
  • Diameter – the spot is greater than 6mm
  • Evolution – the spot has changed in size, shape, texture or bleeds

As the summer months approach, a gentle reminder to maintain sun safety. Cover up both physically and with sunscreen. Limit your time in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. And please, please do not use tanning salons – there is no such thing as a “safe tan”. 

Have you noticed any of the changes above?  If your mole fits 1 or more of the criteria above, it is time to see your doctor.