Freckle, mole… or melanoma? We don’t want to jump to the worst conclusion but we do need to be wary of it. Sunscreen is a great way to protect from cancerous melanomas. If you’re worried about what you see on your body, or your children’s skin, here’s what you can do.
Visit a doctor to look at any new or changing spots. Remember that freckles are just freckles, and may go away after not being in the sun for a while. If you notice your child freckling a lot, be regular with sun screen and safety in the future.
Asymmetry of mole – is it symmetrical on both sides?
Border irregularity – are the edges even and smooth?
Color – does it look the same as your other moles?
Diameter – Is it smaller than a pencil cap or ¼ inch?
Evolving – Has it always looked like this and been there?
If you’re saying yes to all of these, your mole should likely just be a mole. If you’re saying no, that doesn’t mean it is melanoma, but may just be a mole.
Stay healthy in the sun, but know what every mark means by having them looked at and being aware of your body. Remember, only a doctor can tell you what is and isn’t cancerous.