Skin Cancer Warning Signs

Skin cancer is the 5th most common form of cancer in the UK and rates are rising despite increased activity to promote awareness and sensible sun exposure. 

Many people now understand that they need to watch for worrying moles, but there are other warning signs too.

Daily Star

The Daily Star recently published a list of 5 more unusual signs of skin cancer, things that many people would not be aware of.

1. Spot or sore

Spots and sores are common, but they generally heal within four weeks. If you have a spot that doesn’t heal, or is painful, itchy, crusty, scabs over or bleeds for over 4 weeks, then get it checked.

2. Ulcers

A skin ulcer is an area of skin that’s broken down. If this doesn’t heal within four weeks without other reason, then get it checked.

3. Lump

A persistent lump in the skin can be a cause for investigation. Often these are small, slow growing and could look shiny pink or red.

4. Red patches

If your skin has unexplained red patches, which can also be itchy; it could be due to non cancerous skin conditions. Of course it may be a simple allergy, but if it goes on for over 4 weeks, it’s worth investigating.

These are less well known issues.

Skin Cancer Expert

Skin Surgery Laser Clinic’s Dr Ross Perry refers to it as the ‘ugly duckling syndrome’.

“Skin cancer isn’t just about odd moles, although these are the most common signs. There are a number of other less well known signs too.

“If you have a skin blemish that just doesn’t look or feel right, can’t really be explained and lasts for over 4 weeks, then it’s worth mentioning to the doctor.

“Trust your instincts. Getting it checked out takes minutes and is well worth it for peace of mind. Most blemishes turn out to be harmless, but in those cases where there is skin cancer present, the earliest possible treatment leads to the best outcomes.”

Private Mole Removal

Cosmedics’ Skin Surgery Laser Clinics offer mole checks and consultations with private mole removal at a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol. Moles are removed using the latest surgical techniques including laser mole removal; with trained doctors and surgeons.

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