• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

'More need to check skin for cancer risk'

MORE must be done to encourage people to check their skin for changes which could be cancerous, leading doctors have said.

Most campaigns about skin cancer encourage people to stay safe in the sun but efforts should also be made to raise awareness about detecting changes, the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) said.

People should be encouraged to report any changes to their skin to their GP without delay.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and is "relatively unique" in that is is highly visible, allowing people to monitor their skin for changes themselves, the dermatologists said.

The news comes as two studies were published at the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in Edinburgh.

The first, conducted by Barts Health NHS Trust in London, found that 40 per cent of 92 melanoma patients noticed a change in their skin at least four months before seeking professional medical advice.

BAD spokeswoman Nina Goad said: "What these studies show is that we now need to target our efforts on early detection, by encouraging people to check their skin and report anything suspicious to their GP sooner rather than later."

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.