Men’s Health: Early Signs of Skin Cancer

24 Sep 2018 | Category: Medical

mens healthMen’s Health website asks:


As various meteorological reports and forecasts show, the world is getting warmer. This makes the numbers of people not taking adequate protection against the sun quite shocking. According to a new poll from North West Cancer Research (NWCR):

  •  89% of men never wear sunscreen in the UK
  • 10% of men never wear sunscreen at all, even on holiday
  • 76% of men had experienced sunburn at least once in their lifetime

Such disregard for sunscreen is all the more worrying when we consider that men are more likely to die of melanoma than women at any age (according to the American Academy of Dermatology). Or is it in fact a factor in making men more at risk?!

Melanoma Expert Advice

Dr Ross Perry was asked to give his expert advice on the issue of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. He says that the most important thing is to check for changes in your skin.

“The most common sign is an ‘odd’ mole which looks or behaves differently to normal

“It could have unusual coloration, shape or appearance. In terms of behaviour, it may be itchy, crusty, bleeding or oozing. Not all symptoms will be present. The key is to look out for something that looks suspicious and get it checked ASAP.”

Dr Ross Perry has previously suggested the ABCDE checklist of concerns to look out for:

  • A is for asymmetry
  • B is for border (outline and edges)
  • C is for colour (solid colour rather than variegated)
  • D is for diameter (no bigger than 6mm across)
  • E is for evolution (changes in size, shape, behaviour or colour)

He says if in doubt about a mole, seek medical attention via the GP.

Most moles turn out to be ‘cosmetic’ rather than of medical concern. These can be quickly removed in private clinics like Cosmedics Skin Clinics, where options include laser mole removal as well as minor surgical treatment for larger lesions.

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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 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 to book an appointment.

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