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Have you or anyone in your family had melanoma or some other skin cancer?
If you have had a previous melanoma, your chance of developing another is markedly increased. If one of your first-degree relatives has had skin cancer, you are at increased risk as melanoma can be genetically linked.
2 out of 3 Kiwis will be diagnosed with skin cancer.
Have you used sunbeds in the past?
Sunbed use has been proven to impact your melanoma risk. Even just a single use of a sunbed before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma by 59%. Sunbeds use UV Radiation, which has been proven to damage the DNA in the skin, which can cause melanoma.
Each day 6 New Zealanders are diagnosed with melanoma.
Do you have a mole that is changing in shape, size or colour?
The universal truth about melanoma is that it will change. If you think a lesion has changed, it should be checked immediately.
320 Kiwis die of melanoma each year.
Are you worried about a mole?
If you are concerned about skin cancer or a particular mole, then get it checked. Why? Because 3 out of 5 melanomas diagnosed are first noticed by the person it affects the most.
The longer you leave melanoma, the harder it is to treat.
Did you have any major sunburns or spend a lot of time in the sun 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 when you were younger, or had sever sunburns, you are at an increased risk and should get checked.
Over 90% of skin cancers are due to excess UV exposure.
Do you have a mole that is 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.
Fact: Bob Marley died of melanoma.
Do you have a mole that looks different from the others?
“Normal” moles resemble each other. Melanomas look different compared to surrounding moles – they are “ugly ducklings”. If you have a mole that is an outlier, that looks or feels different from your other moles, have it checked.
Not all melanomas start from a mole, they can also appear out of unmarked skin.
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The calculator is not intended to be used as a substitute for an independent health professional’s advice.