We are looking for a recurrent sore that doesn’t heal over 6-8 weeks or a freckle or mole that’s changed shape, size or colour – usually over a month or two.
Risk factors for melanoma are skin type and mole count. Skin that freckles and burns easily or a high mole count – more than 50 moles on your body or 20 moles on your arms and legs puts you at increased risk.
Once you’ve had one skin cancer you have an 80% chance of having a second. Once you’ve had a second there’s a good chance of having a third.
Our practice sends SMS reminders for general recalls and appointments. Routine skin check should be every twelve month. Some patients may need more frequent reviews with 3 or even 6 months if they have multiple skin cancers