How to check for Skin Cancer
Get to know your skin by checking it regularly. Particularly if you are over 50, have a family history of skin cancer or have had any bad sunburns as a child.
It is recommended that all New Zealanders get into the habit of checking their skin (preferably once every three months) so they can spot skin cancer early
when there is a better chance of successful treatment. Ask your friend, use a mirror or ask a relative to look at the parts you can’t see. (If you can’t check your
skin, ask your doctor’s practice nurse or the doctor.)
It’s easy to check your skin and should only take 15- 30 minutes. Just follow these steps. Check:
• your whole body from head to toe, front, back and sides
• your head and neck—don’t forget your scalp, ears, face and lips
• the trunk, front back and sides
• your arms and hands, including nails
• the soles of your feet, between your toes and nails
• Check your buttocks and legs.
Here is a simple guide to help you check your skin and recognise the early signs of skin cancer.
Scaly, itchy, bleeding, non-healing sores
Changing Spots (size, shape or colour)
Abnormal spots (different to others) or,
New spots (up to 70 % of melanomas are new)