How to look for signs of skin cancer

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How to look for signs of skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer, but treatable if detected early – which is where our check-ups come in.

Here’s our quick guide to checking your own skin.

Look for anything new, changing (in size, shape, or colour), or unusual:

  • a growth – pearly, transparent, tan, brown, black or multicoloured, or
  • a mole, birthmark or brown spot which has changed, or
  • a spot – that continues to itch, hurt, scab or bleed; an open sore that doesn’t heal within 3 weeks.

When looking at moles specifically, then follow the ABCDE rules:

  • Asymmetry – the two halves of the area may differ in shape

  • Border – the edges of the area may be irregular or blurred, and sometimes show notches