Bum Moles - Medical Director, Dr Tang Features in the Press urging Brits to check their cheekier side this summer!
Pall Mall doctor is urging flesh-baring sunbathers to monitor moles lurking in lesser-known areas of the body as Brits dare to bare more on their hols.
Melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK have reached an all-time high.
Cancer Research revealed there are 17,500 cases being diagnosed per year and projections reveal that these high numbers could continue to increase by around 50% over the next 20 years.
With swimsuits and beach wear becoming skimpier, Dr Chun Tang, Medical Director at private healthcare provider Pall Mall is urging the nation to be mindful of changes to the skin in the more unsuspecting areas.
Bikini thongs and skimpy triangle ‘tanga’ briefs popular on shows like Love Island could mean bottoms and groin areas are increasingly being overexposed to harmful UVA rays which may pose an even greater risk to the fashion-conscious and trend-following British sunbather.
“If your swimwear is on the scantier side, you are essentially exposing more flesh, and at a greater risk of revealing yourself to the sun’s harmful rays, increasing your chances of developing skin cancer,” warned Dr Tang.
“So, when checking the common areas, you should also be looking at the lesser-known ones too such as the buttocks and even the genitals.
“Regular examinations are an important part of monitoring your skin health and detecting any potential signs of skin cancer or other abnormalities.”
Dr Tang says a mole check should be conducted in a well-lit room and with a full-length mirror.
“Start by noting the location, size, and colour of any moles or freckles you already have,” he said.
“It's helpful to take photos to keep track of their appearance over time.”
And a useful ABCDE rule, can help people remember the process of mole checking, added Dr Tang.
“The ABCDE rule stands for asymmetry, border irregularity, colour variation, diameter, and evolution,” said Dr Tang, “it can come in handily for doing the following checks:
“Asymmetry: Check if one half of the mole looks different from the other half.
“Border irregularity: Observe if the edges of the mole are uneven, ragged, or blurred.
“Colour variation: Note if the mole has different shades of brown, black, red, white, or blue.
“Diameter: Measure the size of the mole. Generally, moles larger than 6mms should be monitored.
“Evolution: Watch for any changes in the mole's appearance over time, such as growth, itching, bleeding, or changes in shape, colour, or texture.
“Examine your face, neck, scalp, chest, back, arms, hands, legs, feet, bottom, and genitals,” he added.
Areas that are frequently exposed to the sun, should be checked, said the doctor, as well as hidden locations like the scalp, between the fingers and toes, under the nails, and the soles of the feet.
“Use a handheld mirror or ask a partner for help in checking areas that are hard to see, such as your back, the back of your neck, or your scalp,” said Dr Tang.
“Take note of any new moles or spots that have appeared since your last self-check or any existing moles that have changed in size, shape, or colour.
“Regular self-examination is crucial,” stressed Dr Tang.
“But it should not replace professional evaluation and if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer or if you notice any concerning changes, it is always best to seek professional medical advice.”
“You can visit one of our consultant dermatologist for a mole assessment or removal with no NHS referral needed”