Your GP will look at your mole, or abnormal area on your skin. They will ask you what you have noticed about it.
They will decide about whether to refer you for tests or to a specialist. If you have a melanoma you will have more tests to find out how big it is and whether it has spread, this is called staging.
There is no national screening programme for melanoma in the UK. Read more about this.
See your GP if you notice a change that isn't normal for you or if you have any of the possible signs and symptoms of melanoma skin cancer.
Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have skin changes that could be due to melanoma skin cancer.
Your doctor examines and removes the abnormal area of skin to see if you have melanoma.
These tests find out how deep the melanoma is and whether it has spread. This tells you the stage of your melanoma.