The following questions relate to factors that have been proven to increase your risk of developing melanoma.
Do you have a mole that is changing size, shape or colour?
The universal truth about melanoma is that it will change. If you suspect a lesion is changing, it should be checked immediately.
Do you have a mole that is continually itching and/or has a history of bleeding?
Itching or bleeding of moles is not normal. If you answered yes, you may have a mole that requires immediate diagnosis. Contact SkinCheck to arrange an appointment, or talk to your doctor today.
Do you have a personal history of melanoma or other skin cancers?
If you have had a previous melanoma, your chance of developing another is markedly increased.
Is there any history of melanoma in the family?
Melanoma can be genetically linked – if one of your first degree relatives (Parents, Siblings or Children) has had a melanoma you are at increased risk.
Do you have funny looking (atypical) moles?
The presence of atypical moles suggests that your body has the ability to produce melanin (the pigment in your moles & melanoma) at an irregular rate, meaning you are more susceptible to melanoma than someone who has no or normal looking moles.
Do you have lots of moles?
Generally speaking, the more moles you have on your body, the greater your risk of developing melanoma.
Did you have any major sunburns during childhood or adolescence?
Melanoma is related to your total UV exposure, and this is significantly influenced by exposure to UV when your skin was “younger”. If you spent a lot of time in the sun as a youngster, or had severe sunburns, you are at an increased risk.
Do you have fair skin and light coloured eyes?
People with fair skin and light coloured eyes are more likely to develop melanoma.
Have you ever used sunbeds or solariums?
Sunbed use has been proven to impact your melanoma risk. Sunbeds use UV Radiation, which has been proven to damage the DNA in the skin, which can cause melanoma. The use of sunbeds before the age of 35 increases your risk 87%.