But how often is it OK to check your skin, really? Well, it depends on your skin type. If you have a risk factor and a light skin type it is good to check your skin by yourself once per month, and if you are not in the risk group once every few months is fine. With SkinVision you can check your risk factor and skin type on your phone.
How do you check your skin and which parts should you look out for?
Everywhere, really. Start from the top (your scalp) and continue downwards paying special attention to “hidden” areas: between fingers, toes, your intimate area, soles of the feet, back of your legs and hands. It is useful to get a small mirror to check for the back of your neck, for instance. Or ask a family member for help to check for you. You can take photos with SkinVision, analyze them, then archive to observe any changes over time. Pay special attention to your skin spots when you are going through hormonal changes (such as pregnancy or menopause).
Do you know your ABCDEs?
A – Asymmetry
If the two halves of the spots should match if it is a healthy mole. If not then you may need to have it checked. In our collection of melanoma photos, you can notice that the moles are mostly not round.
B – Border
The borders of melanoma are usually uneven and parts of the mole stand out.
C – Colour
A variety of colours inside the same spot can also be a warning sign. Observe, for instance, the constant color in these normal moles photos.
D – Diameter
Melanomas are usually larger in size than 6 mm – you can compare it with the size of a pencil eraser. If the mole is larger, then it is recommended to consult the doctor.
E – Evolving
Last but not least, a mole that changes over time is a warning sign and should be kept an eye on.