Checking for skin cancer can be quick, simple and could save your life.
But what do you need to look for?
Try and get to know what your skin usually looks like and keep an eye out for changes. The ABCD rule can help you remember some of the changes to look out for. Show any new moles or changes to existing moles, freckles or patches of skin to your GP.
Signs of skin cancer:
- A new growth or sore that will not heal
- A spot, mole or sore that itches or hurts
- A mole or growth that bleeds, crusts or scabs
A mole that has grown bigger or changed shape or colour
The ABCD rule:
Two halves may not look the same
Edges may be irregular, blurred or jagged
Uneven colour, with more than one shade
Bigger than 6mm in diameter
These changes don’t mean you definitely have cancer, but do mean that you need to be checked by a doctor as soon as possible. Make sure to report any unusual moles or skin changes.
Visit Cancer Research UK for more information
Addicted to the beds?
If you really can’t live without a sunbed tan you may need help.
See your GP for advice.