Skin Check Leaflet
By making regular observations you can help catch changes early.
How do I check my moles?
Melanoma Focus recommends:
- Creating a Mole Map and regularly checking your skin
- Using a mirror, ruler, camera, notepad and if necessary a ‘skin buddy’ for those hard-to-see areas
- Check your skin all over once a month and note the date
- Use templates from our FREE skin check leaflet to record the location, appearance and dimensions of each mole or skinlesion (patch, spot, lump or any other abnormal area of skin)
- Take photos of your moles and any new marks or lesions
- Don’t forget under the arms, breasts, between fingers and toes, soles of your feet, palms of your
hands, behind the ears and your scalp.
While checklists are relevant for the most common form of melanoma, they are not completely reliable as melanoma can vary and may not show these features.
If there is an abnormality on your skin that is…
- Changed – it is new or seems to have changed since you last saw it (don’t look for detail; you can see it has changed just by glancing at the lesion, that’s enough)
- Not going away – once a new lesion has appeared, it remains on the skin for longer than 6-8 weeks
- Odd (the most crucial test) – it simply looks strange, worries you or seems to be different from other lesions on your skin…
then you should get it looked at by a doctor, who may refer you to a specialist – usually a dermatologist.
Remember, if in doubt, check it out!
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