FACT: South Africa has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world! It’s so high, in fact, only Australia has more cases than us!
So it’s no wonder that statistics from the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) shows that 20,000 people report cases that this results in around 700 deaths every year.
Here at FSP Health, we believe those figures are far too high.
But how do you know if you have skin cancer?
How the ABCD skin cancer test works
Check your skin – particularly any moles you have – once every month.
Pay attention to:
Asymmetry – a line drawn across the middle of the mole shouldn’t create virtually matching halves.
Border – the edges shouldn’t be uneven or unclear.
Colour – the mole shouldn’t be unusually dark or more than one shade.
Diameter – the mole mustn’t have diameter larger than that of a pencil eraser
If you’re concerned with your findings, see your GP immediately. Skin cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence and, if you catch it early, it won’t be.