How and where to look

It only takes a couple of minutes once a month to check for skin cancer. It’s very easy to do, and could even save your life.


Scroll down to view a step-by-step guide to checking your own skin. We’ve also produced a fun video – ‘The Skin Check Tango’ to help you learn how to check another person’s skin.


You will need to find a well-lit space in front of a full-length mirror, and make sure you have a hand mirror, a chair, a blow dryer or comb and a digital camera or pen and paper to record anything you find.


Remember, some symptoms of skin cancer can be felt more easily than they can be seen. Don’t just rely on your eyes – run your hands over your entire body as you check.

Step-by-step guide to checking your own skin.