Experts have issued advice on what to look out for with your skin when it comes to moles and skin tags using a simple ABCDE rule.

During the summer months, protecting your skin becomes even more important and Transform Hospital Group is advising people to get checked if they have any concerns to ensure early detection of skin cancer and melanoma.

It can be hard to recognise if marks and moles on your skin are new, or if they have changed, especially in areas that are hard to see such as the neck and back.

The group says the areas most affected in women are the legs, and in men it's the back, and a simple at-home check using the guide below can help you recognise if any moles or skin tags are a cause for concern.

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It says all body parts should be check throughly using the ABCDE rule, which sets out:

People who should be especially vigilant include those who have a large number of moles, a history of skin cancer and melanoma in the family, moles of an unusual appearance, or pale skin that burns easily in the sun.

Also included are those who have spent prolonged periods of time in direct sunlight, have red or blonde hair, or users of sunbeds, either currently or in the past.

Mr Simons, a plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon at Transform Hospital Group, said: “Regularly checking your skin can increase your chances of successful treatment. You can also help protect yourself from sun damage by using sunscreen and dressing sensibly while being exposed to sunlight.

“Some people may opt to have their moles removed as a preventative measure. If getting a removal, the procedure can take around 30 minutes, depending on the number of moles or skin tags being removed, and will involve a local anaesthetic to help reduce pain.

"Scarring from the technique is minimal and the process is carried out by a clinically-trained aesthetician, nurse practitioner or doctor."