Here is a simple guide to help you check your skin and recognise the early signs of skin cancer.
scaly, itchy, bleeding, tender and doesn’t heal within 6 weeks
in appearance (size, shape or colour)
looks different, feels different, or stands out when compared to others
most melanomas and all other skin cancers arise this way
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.