Mole Checks For Skin Cancer
Performing regular skin checks on yourself is a good habit that will help you detect skin cancer signs and consult a skin doctor to have it treated early. This guide will walk you all the way through a thorough check to ensure you cover all the bases for a decent mole check. If you notice anything you are worried about, you can book an appointment with our doctors to have a more in-depth look to see if it needs to be removed.
Prepare for your mole check, what you will need:
What to look out for during your mole check:
BLEEDING OR CRUSTING – Mole or other skin marks that oozes, bleeds or becomes crusty.
TENDER – A mole that is painful to the touch or just generally sore or tender.
NOT HEALING – Sore or ulcerated area that doesn’t heal within two weeks
BORDERS – Mole or sore with irregular borders
Step-by-step approach to your mole check
1: STRIP OFF
Remove all your clothing and face the mirror to have a clear view of all your body. Proceed by areas. First, look at the front, back, and sides of your legs.
Check new spots and the state of every mark on your skin. Look at your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
Sit down and examine your feet, checking the soles and between the toes.
Help yourself with the hand mirror. Check your scalp using a comb or a hairdryer. Then check your back.
5: DON’T MISS BITS
Then your front side, chest, stomach and neck. Raise your arms and check your sides too. Arms and shoulders tend to be the most sun-exposed areas.
Record your mole check
Keep a record of your skin checks by taking pictures or noting down in a notebook to compare between times the number and shape of your skin marks.
If you take pictures of a specific mole, take both close-ups and distance images so that you can accurately identify where it is next time. On the close-up photo have a tape measure or small coin next to the mole for scale reference.