Be Skin Cancer Wise

South Africa has the second highest recorded rate of skin cancer. If you have any concerns about your skin, take adequate precautions by visiting a dermatologist for a skin check.
South Africa has the second highest recorded rate of skin cancer. If you have any concerns about your skin, take adequate precautions by visiting a dermatologist for a skin check. This involves a quick and simple body scan to analyse moles, spots or skin abnormalities. Skin cancer can be dealt with effectively with early detection. We spoke to local dermatologist Dr Moodley operating from the Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital in the city centre for some advice. For a melanoma check on moles he recommends following the ABCD rule. Melanoma may present as a change in an existing mole but can also occur on normal skin. Any part of the body, even parts of the body that are usually covered including the feet need to be checked.

It is recommended you go for a check up if:

A. your mole is asymmetrical.
B. there is irregularity in the border
C. there is colour variability (varying shades of brown, blue,black and pink)
D. the diameter is greater than 6 mm

If a spot develops and doesn’t heal in three weeks, it needs to be checked.

Dr Moodley is a dermatologist with a medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice He is
Fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, a state of the art treatment for skin cancer, and has extensive experience in Dermatology having worked as a specialist in the UK and South Africa. Contact him on 021 424 4352 or log onto
www.capetowndermatologist.com

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