Beauty

You need to know this easy way to check for skin cancer

These adorable dalmatians show you the ABCDE method so you can check for spots.

By Cosmo Team

Gah, spotty, furry things! We’re totally crushing on this video featuring super-cute dalmatians checking out each other’s spots. Those puppy-dog eyes, those floppy ears… far out, what the hell was Cruella thinking?!

But the message that the video sends out is a little more poignant: “If you care for somebody, have a look at their beauty spots.” It’s part of La Roche-Posay’s SkinChecker initiative to educate and encourage everyone who’s not a dermatologist to spot signs of skin cancer. And what a way to do it! Just as in Monster's Inc when they discover laughter is way more powerful than screams, some clever marketing folk have figured out that while shock tactics have their place, appealing to our compassionate side gets us spreading the word. While we can tend to ignore our own health problems, we actively care about the health of our loved ones.

And when the fact that over 14,000 Aussies are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year doesn’t surprise us, it’s more important than ever to check your moles (and your loved ones, too). So, how to check a spot? Examine your face, scalp, hands, upper body, back and lower body, and get a friend or significant other to help you out using the “ABCDE” method on what to look out for:

A stands for asymmetry: A mole that’s not symmetrically round or oval, and features contours and colouring that aren’t evenly distributed around its centre.

B stands for border: A mole that doesn’t have defined edges, with and irregular, jagged shape.

C stands for colour: A mole that has several colours (brown, red, white, black).

D stands for diameter: A diameter greater than 6mm (size of a pencil eraser).

E stands for evolution: A mole that quickly changes in size, shape, thickness or colour.

If you’ve found a spot that looks a little suss and shows any of the above signs, consult a dermatologist. The good news is, if melanoma is diagnosed early enough, 90 per cent of cases can be treated effectively.

So, if these dalmatians can spot-check, we’re pretty sure you can, too. Head to La Roche-Posay for more info on what to look out for. And if you’re a Sydneysider, pop by Pitt Street Mall on Thursday, November 6 where you can get a free mole screening done by a dermatologist from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.

And for more cuteness, here's the BTS video.

*Statistic and ABCDE method information from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012, and La Roche-Posay