Skin cancer and melanoma
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and it is increasing in incidence. Most skin cancers, if treated early, can be cured. That is why it is important to report any new or changing skin lesion to your doctor.
Who Develops Skin Cancer?
Anyone can develop a skin cancer, and this risk increases with time. However some people are more likely to do so than others. They include those who have:
- Fair skin that burns easily
- Light coloured eyes: blue, grey or hazel
- Blonde or red hair
- Numerous freckles
- Outdoor work or heavy sun exposure in the past
- A history of skin cancer
How can I spot the signs of a skin cancer?
Treatment will be much easier if your skin cancer is detected early. For this reason, check your skin for changes once a month. A friend or family member can help you with this. You may need to use a mirror to check your back.
You should see your doctor if you have any marks on your skin which are:
- Skin cancer – a lesion that stands out from the rest
- Changing in appearance in any way
- Never healing completely