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Byline: MIRIAM STOPPARD

Q I had a mole on the side of my foot for years and now it seems to be getting bigger. Should I have it checked out by my doctor?

A Absolutely! All moles should be checked periodically, particularly those which are subject to friction by shoes or bra straps for instance.

You should check your moles every few months and look out for a change in shape where the contour of the mole becomes irregular.

Also, the two halves of the mole should be symmetrical. If it becomes asymmetrical get it checked out.

Then be on the lookout changes in colour, especially a deepening of a brown colour to black, blue or unevenness of colour.

The size of the is important too. Any change in size should be noted and reported to your doctor, especially if a mole is larger than 5-6mm in diameter.

Changes such as itching or bleeding of an existing or new mole should also be reported to your doctor.

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