Mole self assessment tool

Could you have a cancerous mole and not know it? Use this test to find out more. Please note, this test is for information only and is not intended to replace a consultation with a GP.

  1. Do you have a combination of fair skin, blue eyes and fair hair?

            1 point – Yes

            0 points – No

  1. How many moles do you have?

            3 points – I have more than 20

            0 points – I have just a few moles

            0 points – I have no moles

  1. Have you ever been severely sunburnt, with blistering and pain afterwards?

            1 point – Yes

            0 point – No, not severely

            0 point – No, never

  1. Has a close family member ever had a cancerous mole?

            1 points – Yes

            0 points – No

            0 points – Don’t know

  1. Do you have a mole with any of the following characteristics?

8 points – Larger than 4mm diameter or has got bigger

8 points – Changed colour, developed different colours or got darker

8 points – Changed shape or become irregular around the border

8 points – Has risen above the skin surface

0 points – No

  1. Does your mole bleed, itch, scale or ulcer?

8 points – Yes, I have two or more of these signs

3 points – Yes, I have one of these signs

0 points – No, I don't have any of these signs



9 points or more

You may well have a melanoma. Some of your answers today suggest you have a mole that needs to be checked by a GP soon. They will ask you about any recent changes to your mole and when the changes started. Make an appointment with your GP so that he or she can give you a proper examination and diagnosis.

6 to 8 points

Some of your answers today suggest you should have your moles checked by your GP. They will ask you about any recent changes to your mole and when the changes started. They may also ask you about your family history to find out how likely you are to be at risk of melanoma

Under 6 points

It's unlikley you have a melanoma. Skin cancer is becoming more common in this country, which is why it's important to be aware of your skin and regularly check your moles, both old and new. The best prevention against skin cancer is to be careful in the sun and limit the amount of time you spend in it. If your symptoms change or get worse, contact your GP or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.


NHS Choices 2008