Skin Cancer

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Check Your Skin

How to check your skin

Early detection of skin cancer is very important so you should check your skin regularly, ideally once a month. Get someone to help check difficult to see areas, like your back and the backs of your legs. Don’t forget the soles of your feet, between your toes, your scalp, neck and nails.

Always remember, know your skin and know what is normal for you.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms include a new growth or sore that does not heal in 3-4 weeks. Look for anything that is inflamed, growing, bleeding, crusting, red around the edges, particularly itch or panful, or changing in any way.

It is normal to have freckles and moles. Most moles develop in childhood and adolescence. If, as an adult, you notice a new mole on your skin or if you notice any changes to an existing mole then get these checked by your GP.

mole check

Skin cancer can kill, but if detected early most skin cancers can be successfully treated. If you are concerned about a skin lesion see your GP who will refer you to a dermatologist if necessary.