Daily Express: 7 Skin Cancer Signs

25 Mar 2019 | Category: Medical

daily expressSkin Cancer Signs

“Seven symptoms of the potentially deadly disease revealed by a doctor”

Dr Ross Perry shared his expert advice on the signs of skin cancer for The Daily Express, detailing 7 signs to look for. 

In a video interview, Dr Ross Perry told the Daily Express that there are actually two types of skin cancer – melanoma and non-melanoma.

He says that people are rightfully afraid of melanoma skin cancer, saying:

“This is the one that can spread and kill people and is the most aggressive of the two forms of skin cancer.”

According to the feature, 70% of all melanomas are a brand new mole and tend to have a certain appearance. Dr Perry explained:

“Melanomas are generally dark, irregular and flat moles. But they can occur on any part of your body – most commonly for men on the back, most commonly for women on the legs.”

Non-melanoma skin cancer tends to look and behave a bit differently to melanoma. Dr Perry continued:

“They often start as a red scaly patch of skin and they often itch and bleed a little bit. They can often sometimes even grow out of the skin a little bit and form a little bit of a raised bump.

“These types of skin cancers are much more easily treated and much more common in people in their 50s, 60s and 70s; and much more related to areas of sun exposure.”

7 Symptoms of Skin Cancer

The Daily Express feature summarises seven potential signs of skin cancer to watch out for:

  • Brand new mole
  • A dark mole
  • An irregular-shaped mole
  • The location of the mole – they can appear anywhere but most commonly appear on men’s backs and women’s legs
  • Red scaly patch
  • A patch which itches and bleeds
  • A red scaly patch that grows out the skin and forms a little bit of a raised bump

Another popular means of identifying unusual moles is the ‘ABCDE checklist’:

  • Asymmetrical – melanomas may have an irregular shape
  • Border – melanomas may have a notched or ragged border
  • Colours – melanomas may be a mix of two or more colours
  • Diameter – most melanomas are larger than 6mm (1/4inch) in diameter
  • Evolution – a mole that changes size or behaviour over time is more likely to be a suspicious mole

This list is not exhaustive and Dr Ross Perry has always urged patients with any concerns to seek a doctor’s appointment to get it checked out.

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Read the article in full at the Daily Express https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1100138/skin-cancer-signs-symptoms-melanoma-mole-what-does-it-look-like

Dr Ross Perry

doctor ross perryDr Ross Perry regularly provides expert comment and advises the media on a range of skincare and health-related issues.

He has particular expertise in skin surgery mole removal and melanoma; having removed thousands of moles in his career, both within the NHS and privately through Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He provides expert advice on skin cancer, sun exposure, sun damage and sun protection for a variety of UK media and publications.


Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email enquiries@cosmedics.co.uk to book an appointment.

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