I mean that literally, you need to take a look at yourself and check that you don’t have any suspicious spots or moles?   The statistics show that finding skin cancer early can increase the chance of a successful treatment.  And this is something that you can do yourself, just once a month, free of charge.  Look and see if there is something new or different on your skin – spot wise.

Of course to do this you need to know what to look for, so go to the Early Detection section of the website.  This section explains not only what you should look for, but also that it is important to check all parts of your body, including those like the soles of your feet which have never been exposed to sunlight.

The other thing to look for is an ugly duckling; those moles or spots which, when compared to other marks on your body, just don’t look right.  It is sort of like seeing a room that’s out of square; you can see that it just isn’t right.

I reckon the hardest thing with checking your skin is remembering to do it.  We are just all so busy, there is so much we have to remember, it is just something that is too easy to forget to do.  So follow me on Facebook or Twitter, and I’ll be sending out reminders to check your skin.  When you get it just take a few minutes after your shower, or when you are getting changed to see if there is anything new happening on your skin.  And once you have done it a couple of times you will find it’s easy.

Most importantly, if you find something that has changed or just doesn’t look right, don’t muck about. Get yourself an appointment with your doctor.  I know it is a pain, but better to be booking into a doctor, than booking into a hospital, which is what could be happening if you don’t get it sorted out quickly.

SunSmart App


UV levels change throughout the day, so be sure to check the UV forecast for where you are working. An easy way to do this is to download the SunSmart app for iOS | Android | Samsung to keep track of the UV levels via your smartphone.