An NHS video explains the symptoms of skin cancer as well as the crucial importance of getting it checked early.
The one-minute long animation illustrates what to look for in changing moles and powerfully demonstrates how a small skin cancer can grow and spread into other parts of the body including vital organs.
The voiceover explains:
“When a new or existing mole or lesion changes shape or colour, what’s happening on your skin may be only part of the story.
“It may be turning into a type of skin cancer called melanoma. Left unchecked, melanomas can start to spread deeper into the skin and into the bloodstream, where the cancer can spread to different parts of the body, like the lymph glands,… ..lungs…..or liver.
“So if you notice any unusual or persistent changes to your skin, go to your doctor. Chances are, it’s nothing serious. But if it is skin cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable. Be clear on cancer.”
Catching skin cancer early means increases the likelihood of it being fully treated before it has the chance to spread elsewhere.
Doctors at Cosmedics Skin Clinics warn their patients to always be vigilant for suspicious moles.
Dr Ross Perry, a leading mole removal expert who is the Company’s founder and Medical Director, calls it the ‘ugly duckling sign’ and advises patients to seek medical attention as soon as possible to rule out skin cancer.
If the mole is deemed to be ‘safe’, then removal on the NHS is now quite unlikely as it will be classed as a cosmetic issue.
Many adults therefore choose private mole removal clinics for treatment. For some this is about peace of mind, for others it is purely an aesthetic issue.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer mole removal in London and Bristol with qualified and experienced doctors. Moles are removed using the latest surgical techniques including laser mole removal; with techniques designed to minimise scarring and make the procedure entirely painless.
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