How to check for Skin Cancer

Here is a simple guide to help you check your skin and recognise the early signs of skin cancer.

SCAN your skin

> The more of the above SCAN features a spot or mole has the more concerning it may be. (e.g. a New mole that is Changing in appearance and that is Abnormal is one that should be checked by a doctor urgently.)

> Most people have made all their moles by the time they are 40. A new mole after this age is more suspicious, and the older you are the more suspicious a new mole is.

> If you do find a spot or mole of concern, see your doctor for either a “spot check”, or a full skin check.

> Become familiar with the spots and moles on your skin. You should check your own, and/or your partner’s, skin regularly.

It’s your doctor’s job to diagnose skin cancer, but you will know better than anyone else if something on your skin is new or changing – two important early warning signs. Remember – together with sun protection, early detection is your best defence against skin cancer.