• If you have a lot of moles, check regularly for any changing, bleeding or scabbing – or just looking different. You might need to photograph them to keep track.
  • Protect yourself from too much sun, and avoid sunbeds. In strong sun, protect your skin with good clothing, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. 
  • Skin cancer is not common in young people. It normally presents as a spot, freckle or mole that's different to the skin around it. Most skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.

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Signs a mole could be cancerous

Some moles can be a sign of melanoma, a type of skin cancer see nhs melanoma skin cancer page  for further information.

Check if your mole could be cancerous

Signs of harmless moles

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