What is it?
A top-to-toe inspection of your moles to check for any irregularities.
Who should have them?
There is no general screening programme in the UK, but people who have a changing mole, have several moles or a family history of skin cancer, or were born with very large mole should see a dermatologist for annual checks.
How do you know if you need one?
You should always see your GP or dermatologist if a mole gets bigger, changes shape, changes colour, becomes painful, bleeds or itches. It’s extremely important to identify skin cancers before they become harmful, and finding out that your moles are normal is very reassuring.
A special magnifying glass called a dermatoscope is used to give a enlarged image of the layer of skin just below the surface. This is totally painless. If there are any concerns, a biopsy will be taken under local anaesthetic.