How often should I have a skin check?

If you’re not quite sure, follow our guide after you’ve completed the skin type calculator

High Risk – 3 monthly self examination and 12 monthly skin check with doctor

  • Red hair
  • Type 1 skin and age greater than 45 years
  • Type 2 skin and age greater than 65 years
  • Family history of melanoma in a first degree relative in patients aged over 15 years
  • More than 100 naevi (birthmarks, beauty marks) or more than 10 atypical naevi
  • Past history of melanoma
  • Past history of non-melanoma skin cancer or more than 20 solar keratosis

Medium risk – 3-6 monthly self check and 2-5 yearly skin check with doctor

  • Blue eyes
  • Type 1 skin and age 25–45 years
  • Type 2 skin and age 45–65 years
  • Type 3 skin and age greater than 65 years
  • Family history of NMSC
  • Past history of solar keratosis
  • Multiple previous episodes of sunburn

Low risk – annual self check and a one-off skin check with doctor for assessment of risk and advice regarding skin care

  • Type 1 skin and age less than 25 years
  • Type 2 skin and age less than 45 years
  • Type 3 skin and age less than 65 years
  • Type 4 and 5 skin

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