Skin Cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and the number of people who get it is increasing. Most skin cancers are caused by damage from UV (ultraviolet) rays from sunlight. These cancers could be prevented if we protected ourselves from the sun.
The number of cases has almost tripled since the early 80's, in fact there are more skin cancer deaths in the UK than in Australia, even though Australia has more cases of the disease.
Here at The Westbourne Centre, we feel early detection is the key to saving lives and an annual SKIN SCREEN is highly recommended. Our specialist nurse will carry out a 'top-to-toe' visual assessment and using the latest digital technology, analyse any moles that require a closer look. If necessary, a referral will be made to one of our consultant surgeons who will then make a decision on whether the mole needs to be removed and sent for further investigation.
This service is available to anyone over the age of 18 and does not require a GP referral. Sadly for a lot of us, having been exposed to the sun as a child and getting sunburned, doubles the risk of developing skin cancer. It is therefore extremely important to keep covered up in the sun and to use a high factor sunscreen 365 days of the year. Be sure to check for any signs of change to existing moles or the sudden arrival of new ones.
If you would like to make an appointment for a full body mole check, please call us on 0121 456 0880 today.