Why skin cancer checks are important

24 Oct 2022 | Category: Medical

As seen on MSN

News website MSN asked UK mole expert Dr Ross Perry to provide his expert advice on skin cancer, melanoma and moles for its feature on the importance of regular self-checks.

Dr Ross Perry told MSN that 70% of melanomas are a new mole. That’s why it is so important to carry out regular skin checks. Looking over your skin regularly means that you become familiar with the blemishes, so you can spot any new or changing spots or moles and seek attention if required.

Dr Perry told MSN:

“Melanoma can occur at any age.

“They are often related to family history, a large number of moles, fairer skin types, and to a degree, the amount of sun exposure you have had. Unfortunately, it can also just be a case of bad luck for some people.

“Whatever skin type or however you feel  your risk profile to be, it is always important to check your skin and all of your skin – even the soles of your feet, backs of your legs and areas where you do not have sun exposure.

“Melanomas can occur on any part of your skin at any stage throughout your adult life.”

Dr Ross advises patients to see a GP if there are any concerns about mole which feel unusual or suspicious. It could be that it is larger than the others or that it is growing. It may be a peculiar shape or colouration. It could just be something a bit ‘odd’ or different. Dr Perry has previously referred to this as the ‘ugly duckling’ – a mole which is just different to the others. If you have any concerns, then it’s best to get it checked sooner rather than later.

Mole removal consultation

Cosmedics Skin Clinics remove moles privately. This is usually for patients who would not qualify for NHS treatment, where the mole is deemed ‘cosmetic’, but the client would prefer to get rid of it, whether for aesthetic reasons or just peace of mind to stop it growing.

The first step is to arrange a private mole check consultation appointment with one of Cosmedics’ doctors or surgeons. They will assess the blemish and advise on the best course of treatment. They’ll also outline what to expect in terms of recovery and aftercare as well as the type of result patients can expect.


Dr Ross Perry

doctor ross perry

Ross qualified in 1994 at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.

He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is renowned for natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic and anti-ageing injections and is especially well known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags).

Dr Ross Perry is frequently called upon by the media for his expert insights and comments on skin and beauty-related issues.



Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003. Over the last 19 years, it has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments.

The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers. In addition, there is a range of medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol. Treatments are carried out by GMC Registered Doctors and Surgeons.

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

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