Skin Cancer Self-Check | Patient Information | Mole Check Clinic

Skin Cancer Self-Check

When you are checking for the signs of skin cancer you should always check the entire body, even areas not exposed to the sunlight and always use good lighting. You need to pay careful attention to the following:

  • Appearance of new spots
  • Change in size or shape of existing spots (especially with irregular edges)
  • Change in the spot’s outline
  • A loss of symmetry
  • Change of colour from brown to black or irregular colour
  • Development of a lump, thickening or a raise above the skin surface
  • Itchiness, pain, bleeding, crustiness, inflammation

However, please remember, as useful as it is, skin cancer self-check does not provide necessary degree of certainty. Therefore, it is very important that all moles should be thoroughly and regularly examined by a qualified medical practitioner.