As the years go by, our skin loses it springy freshness - and mysterious lumps and bumps start to appear.
These blemishes can come in all shapes and sizes, and many are harmless.
But slight changes could be a red flag: skin cancer is the second most common form of the disease in people under 50.
Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is one of the most treatable cancers. If caught early, the entire cancer could be removed simply by removing the mole in question, reports Daily Mail.
Basal cell carcinoma is even more manageable - only rare cases spread beyond the site.
And yet, experts warn, the rate of early detection could be much higher.
"Many people are afraid of checking," Dr David Fisher, director of the Melanoma Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, told Daily Mail Online.
"It's one of those fear and denial-type things. People would rather not know than find out something scary or devastating.
"But the thing is, six out of seven melanoma cases are cured just by catching it early and removing it. In other words, early detection could be life-saving."
He added: "That statistic should help motivate people to be really proactive, to realize that there's a benefit to this.
"Not every cancer has that type of opportunity to catch it so early. This type of cancer does."
Moles are clusters of cells that produce a pigment in your skin.
The more moles someone has on their body, the higher the risk of melanoma.
Risk also increases if you have fair skin and red hair, if you sunbathe and if you use sunbeds.
Of course, not all moles are dangerous: it's normal to have them.
However, it can be easy to spot ones that are worth worrying about.
Dermatologists use a simple list of five warning signs, using the rule ABCDE.
This animation (above) explains how they work.
A - asymmetry
This means spotting an irregular shaped mole.