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Men More Prone to Melanoma but Less Aware

Cancer Research UK has warned that men are more prone than women to die from skin cancer, yet medics say women are more likely to seek mole removal treatment. 

To a certain extent, perhaps this is something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. By being more self-aware of the risks and signs of melanoma, more women visit their doctor or skin clinic to have moles checked and removed. With cases of melanoma, early treatment massively increases the chances of a good outcome for the patient. Therefore by being more vigilant to any changing lumps, bumps and blemishes, women are arranging earlier action in terms of having the problem diagnosed and treated.

Yet perhaps there is another issue – more about prevention than detection. As well as being more aware of any skin changes and the importance of getting any concerns checked out, women also tend to be more diligent in their use of sunscreen to prevent dangerous burns. Many cosmetic products such as moisturiser and foundation now contain an SPF ingredient to give day to day protection. What’s more, sunscreen has become for many an indispensable handbag item and there’s no shame in putting a bit on while out shopping, sitting outside a pub or going for a walk. Yet men tend to be less aware of the issue. In Australia where sun-sense campaigns have run for many years, research has shown that 70% aren’t using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15+ when out in the sun.

Mole Checks

The message as always is, if in doubt, check it out.

Dr Ross Perry is one of the UK’s top mole removal doctors and says:

If you have any moles which are causing concern, then see a GP as soon as possible for a diagnosis and referral if necessary for the mole to be removed and tested. Don’t worry about bothering the GP, it is important to rule out any cause for concern and to treat suspicious moles as early as possible.

Mole checks are also available at Cosmedics’ mole clinics with locations in London and Bristol.


Mole removal is offered by Cosmedics Skin Clinics’ doctors using a local anaesthetic and surgical techniques. Smaller moles tend to be removed using laser to leave minimum scarring.

All moles are sent away for testing as a precaution.

More information about moles is available on this website.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.