Twice as bad as previous estimates
Research published today by a team from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Eastern Cancer Registration Centre, Cambridge has raised concerns over levels of skin cancer in the UK.
Despite media warnings over the importance of ‘sun safety’, it seems that this generation is not learning the lessons from the past. The lure of a suntan and lack of recognition of the UV dangers on cloudy days are thought to be factors in the 80% rise in skin cancer treated with surgery over the last 10 years.
The researchers found more than 200,000 basal cell skin cancers are treated with surgery a year and have warned that official government skin cancer figures could still seriously underestimate the true levels.
“Our study shows that the number of basal cell carcinomas (BCC) in the UK is approximately twice that indicated by government statistics,”
Types of Skin Cancer
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the UK, accounting for around 75% of all skin cancers. It is linked to sun exposure and more predominant in older people. The carcinoma develops in the epidermis and is slow growing. If treated early it is rarely fatal.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the 2nd most common form of cancer in the UK, accounting for around 1 in 5, yet again it is treatable in the early stages through surgery.
Malignant melanoma is the fastest growing and most dangerous form of skin cancer, affecting around 11,000 people each year and requiring immediate surgery, potentially with further treatment as well.
Mole Removal Doctor
Cosmedics Skin Clinics are one of the UK’s leading private mole removal providers, whose doctors have removed literally thousands of moles using surgical and laser techniques.
A spokesperson for the company said:
“Anyone concerned about a mole should see their family doctor / GP or a skin specialist. This especially applies to any existing or new moles that are changing in size shape and or colour (getting darker in particular) but also if you have concerns from a cosmetic point of view just so as to get the correct advice to avoid potential scarring or missing a skin cancer.”
Cosmedics offer mole removal in clinics in London and Bristol with same day appointments. All moles are sent away for clinical testing and this service is arranged at cost, for patients peace of mind. They also offer a full body mole check.
Cosmedics, Mole Removal London
Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and remains a doctor owned and managed company. The company has 5 clinics in London plus one in Bristol.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer a full range of cosmetic treatments plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections. Treatments are carried out by GMC Registered Doctors who have been specially trained in Dr Ross Perry’s own cosmetic and medical dermatology techniques.
Head office and flagship clinic: 4 Disraeli Road, Putney, London SW15 2DS.
Telephone: 020 7386 0464