Early Detection

It is important that you regularly undertake self skin examinations in addition to professional skin checks under the care and management of a healthcare professional. Partners or friends can help in the hard to see places.

The most important things to look for are any changes, including existing and new moles that appear on your skin. The ABCDE guidelines can be used to check your skin:

Diagram explaining how to self check your skin for Melanoma
“Eric had pain in his back (above the waist) and we thought he had developed another kidney stone. Following an ultrasound, the Dr told us that there was a mass on Eric’s adrenal gland and that he wanted Eric to have a chest x-ray and a brain scan. As soon as I heard this I just knew that it was cancer.”
Eric Ewing
MPA Patient Story - Erick Ewing and a woman standing under shelter together