When to check a mole for skin cancer?

When to check a mole for skin cancer?

1 in 5 people in the UK will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, so it’s important to know if you have a higher risk. Here’s Dr Rallan’s guide:

Are you over 50?

The first question we ask “what age are you? If you are over 50, your chances of developing a skin cancer begins to increase. The risk is lower for childhood or younger adults.

Is the mole new?

It’s normal for children, teenagers and young adults to get new moles. However, from your mid 40s, the number of new moles declines significantly.

If you are over 45 and a new mole develops, this could be suspicious and it is worth asking us to check it for you.

Has the mole changed?

If your mole changes quickly over a few weeks, by becoming asymmetrical, if the border has become jagged, if you spot more than one colour in the mole, especially black, and it has increased in size, you need to get it checked out.

The majority of people will develop melanoma on normal looking skin, so if you’re over 50, have a new mole, it has changed shape, size and colour, you need to get it checked. Early detection of skin cancer is crucial in being able to cure the condition.