There is a simple ABCDE rule that outlines everything you should look out for in a mole that indicates it might be a sign of melanoma.
According to Nurse Anna of The Mole Clinic, self-monitoring is easier than you think.
By monitoring your moles yourself you stand a much higher chance of catching skin cancer early.
More than 2,000 people die every year in the UK from melanoma, according to the NHS – so checking your moles is of the utmost importance.
These are the melanoma symptoms you should look out for as they might mean skin cancer
A – moles that are asymmetrical in shape
B – a jagged border
C – different colours from one area to another
D – a bigger diameter than 7mm
E – whether the mole is evolving or changing
If you are worried, get your moles checked by an expert sooner rather than later.
The NHS said: “The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole.
“This can occur anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas are the back in men and the legs in women.
“Melanomas are uncommon in areas which are protected from sun exposure, such as the buttocks and the scalp.”
A skin cancer breakthrough in the form of a microscope that could spot deadly melanoma has been revealed.
The device, which could be introduced in the UK within the next decade, offers a pain-free way to examine patches of skin and moles to look for melanoma.
Skin cancer can be caused by exposure to the sun.
Now experts hope the microscope can reduce the number of biopsies – medical procedures where samples of tissue are taken from the body – that need to be performed.