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SKIN CANCER SCREENING & mole checks IN SHREWSBURY
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK. Melanoma skin cancer is on the rise, with incidence rates increasing by 45% in the UK in the last decade, despite the warnings of the dangerous effects of sun exposure.
Most skin cancer is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light in the form of sunlight or tanning beds, which damages skin cells. Early detection of skin cancer, through examination by an expert and regular monitoring of moles, saves lives and if caught and treated early enough there is a 100% chance of survival. If moles are left to develop and evolve, melanoma can become fatal which is why we strongly recommend having your moles checked regularly.
KNOW YOUR RISK OF SKIN CANCER
Most people know that getting sunburn increases the chances of getting skin cancer. But there are other things that increase your risk too, including if you:
- use a sun bed
- have fair hair and eyes, lots of freckles or pale skin that burns easily
- have lots of moles – more than 11 moles on your right arm means you’re
- likely to have more than 100 moles on your whole body
- have large moles bigger than 6mm
- have had a melanoma before, or if a close relative has had one
- are taking medicines that affect your immune system
Most moles are completely harmless, but some moles can develop into Melanoma skin cancer so it’s important to check your skin regularly so that you can spot any changes in size, shape, or colour early and get them checked out if you notice any changes.
Things to look out for when you’re checking your moles include:
- Colour: Uneven colours or changes in colour; most moles are just one colour, but melanomas are made up of lots of different shades.
- Size: Healthy moles don’t generally change size, so if you notice a mole getting bigger it’s important to have it checked out.
- Edges: Most moles are usually circular or oval with smooth edges, so if your mole develops a rough or uneven edge it could indicate something more serious.
- Irritation: Most moles will sit on your skin and not cause any problems, but if they turn red, start to itch, bleed, become inflamed or crusty see a specialist.
If you’re worried about any of your moles then you should always get them checked by a specialist. You can make an appointment to one of our consultants or doctors.
Whether you have one or one hundred moles, it’s important to take care of your skin. Always seek shade in the middle of the day, wear a long-sleeved top, trousers, a hat and sunglasses and use a high protection sunscreen. And remember to check your moles regularly.
If you have multiple moles on your body which you would like to be checked by an expert, book a full body mole check at St Michael’s Clinic with a consultant dermatologist. Your moles will be assessed and if your consultant is concerned with any of them and they require further investigation or treatment, this will be discussed with you. Our dermatologists are highly qualified, hospital based consultants who are all members of the British Association of Dermatologists, the Royal Society of Medicine, the General Medical Council and the Royal College of Physicians.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We recommend an annual review of your moles to identify any changes which may have occurred since your last appointment. However those at risk of skin cancer might need to be seen more frequently than this. We will send you a reminder to book your annual check. If you notice any changes to your moles between appointments, please contact us to book a mole check appointment.
It depends on your circumstances, family history and background. We recommend that you speak to one of our experts and they can suggest the best form of treatment for you.
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