When should I check?

Checking your skin on a regular basis is important, and you should try and get into a routine of doing a thorough check every 12 weeks. An ideal time to do it is after a shower.

Do I need anything?

It is important that you have good lighting, a full length mirror (as well as a small hand mirror) can go a long way in helping you check your skin.

How do I check?

The simplest way to check is to work your way from the top of your body, to your feet, starting with your face, and remembering to do the front and back of your whole body.

It is important to check less visible areas like your scalp, armpits, and for women, under the breasts, and even under your nails. Skin cancers can occur anywhere on your body.

It is very important to examine your genital and buttock region (you might like to sit in a chair in front of a mirror to do this), or alternatively, get a friend of partner to check these areas for you.

When it comes to skin cancer, prevention and early detection are the key. Make sure you always cover up and check your skin regularly.

Any new or unusual freckles, moles, sores or sunspots on your skin may be cancerous. It's important to note that early detection of all forms of skin cancer leads to a cure in 95% of cases.

By regularly checking your skin you will recognise what spots are normal as well as notice any changes.

What am I looking for?

Keep an eye out for a spot that has changed colour, size, or shape over the last few weeks or months. You should also take note of a pimple or bump that does not seem to heal.

Likewise, dry, patchy skin that bleeds easily or ulcerates if left untreated can be skin cancer.

Asymmetric spots, spots with smudgy borders or spots that are more than one colour (usually black, brown but sometimes red, blue or purple) should also be checked out by your doctor.

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact us to make an appointment.