We all enjoy sunshine and sunlight is our main source of vitamin D, which is vital for good health.
However, excessive exposure to sunlight over the years can damage the skin. This can result in prematurely aged or wrinkled skin and, of course, a variety of skin cancers.
The average adult has around 30 benign moles on their skin, but any mole that itches, hurts, changes in colour, size, or shape, or bleeds should always be checked by a doctor as these symptoms can indicate the development of a malignant melanoma.
If you have experienced a lot of sun exposure in the past, especially sunburn, and have one or more moles on your body that you would like to have looked at, a full-body mole check may be worth considering.
A cancerous or pre-cancerous mole could possibly be detected even before you notice it yourself and a treatment plan put in place.
Each year, 2 to 3 million non-melanoma cancer patients, and 132,000 melanoma patients, are diagnosed globally. When prevention fails, catching skin cancer early is crucial and highly treatable. A group of young creatives in Vienna realized by their own experiences with skin cancer, that there’s not much knowledge about these type of cancers and so they decided to raise awareness of melanoma and other skin cancers, and encourage self-exams for early detection by starting an online campaign called “Spot the Dot”. Check out the video and visit www.spotthedot.org for more info.
Full Mole Check
Full mole checks are not generally available on the NHS, although your GP will always look at any mole that concerns you.
Exeter Medical offer a full mole check service undertaken by Dr Anthony Downs, Consultant in Dermatology Medicine and Surgery. Dr Downs will make a full assessment of your moles using a dermatoscope.
If any cancerous or pre-cancerous moles are detected you will be given full information to take to your GP who can arrange treatment on the NHS or, alternatively, you may choose to have treatment at Exeter Medical on a private basis.
If a mole is not suspicious but you would like to have it removed anyway this can be arranged for you, and a full quotation for the surgery and appointment can be made at the time of the mole check. The removal of benign moles for cosmetic reasons is not currently funded on the NHS.
The mole check clinic is held at Exeter Medical, which is easily accessible and just a few minutes from junction 29 on the M5. The cost of a mole check is £100.
To book an appointment call us today on 01392 363534. For further information call us or use our online form.
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