If you are concerned about a single spot or mole — new, changing, or odd-looking — you can have it checked quickly and easily at Spot Check without a full body examination. We take your concerns seriously and if possible, we will check your mole on the same day.
People with relatively low risk of skin cancer who check their own skin regularly and have noticed a new, changing or unusual spot
People who regularly have their skin checked by a doctor or nurse who have noticed a new, changing or unusual spot in between skin checks
What to expect
Before examining the spot, your doctor will ask questions about the spot of concern, your general medical history and skin cancer risk factors. This information is useful for figuring out how likely it is that your spot is a skin cancer, and if you are at risk of having skin cancers on other parts of your body. It also helps the doctor choose the most appropriate tests and treatments for the spot, if necessary.
The doctor will closely examine the spot or mole of concern with a dermoscope — a medical instrument which lights up and magnifies your skin. The light is polarised so it can more easily penetrate the top layer of skin, allowing the doctor to see features which would not otherwise be visible.
In most cases, the doctor or a nurse will take a dermoscopic photograph of the spot so that it can be examined more closely. The doctor will discuss your spot and show you its features and digital analysis. Together, you will decide on the best form of follow-up. This could be:
- a biopsy of part of the spot (normally performed straight away)
- a complete excision with stitches (performed later), or
- keeping the spot under observation with a repeat examination and photograph some time later.
After your spot check, you should understand the most likely diagnosis of your spot of concern and the best follow-up plan.