It’s vital that you check your own skin to assist with early detection instead of relying solely on your own annual skin check.
Any crusty sores that won’t heal
Small red, pale or pearly lumps
Any new spots, freckles or moles that change in colour, size, shape or thickness over a period of weeks to months
Particularly look for any spots that are dark brown to black, red or blue-black in colour
You should check your own skin regularly – every three months to follow the best caution. You should also have your skin checked annually, either with your GP or at one of our skin cancer clinics, or as advised by your Doctor.
It’s easy to perform the check yourself or with a close family member, partner or friend. You should check your face, neck and ears, scalp, front and back of torso, buttocks, arms, legs, hands, palms, feet, soles, and between fingers and toes, and finger and toe nails. It may help to use a hand-held mirror to help you look in the areas, such as your back and scalp, which you often cannot see.
You have a greater risk of developing skin cancer if you have: