When is the best time to get a full body mole check?
PUBLISHED: 14:49 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 12 January 2018
Skin cancer expert Dr Deepak Rallan runs Diamond Skin Care’s SkinSafe clinics in Norwich and Great Yarmouth, and has some good advice on when to get your moles checked.
One in five people will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime and, unfortunately, this leads to 2,500 deaths every year across the UK. The good news is that finding skin cancer early saves lives, as it can be easily treated at this stage. The problem is, not everyone knows how to spot the signs of the disease and when they should be screened to avoid signs being missed.
Fortunately, help is at hand. Dr Deepak Rallan, one of the UK’s foremost skin cancer experts, who runs Diamond Skin Care’s SkinSafe clinics in Norwich and Great Yarmouth, says: “GPs and dermatologists across the UK see a rise in skin cancer cases in the summer months. In our own practice, a significant number of patients call for an urgent check of their moles if they have recently had excess sun exposure or inadvertent sun burn.”
However, the real risk of developing skin cancer accumulates over at least a couple of decades. The riskiest events are sunburn episodes, but also frequent and prolonged tanning. There is no “best” time of year for a mole check. Skin cancer can develop in any month of the year with equal likelihood.
Dr Rallan adds: “There are specific times in life when we would recommend a full body skin cancer screen. It is undeniable that early detection equals life protection.”
The following are some of the major criteria Dr Rallan identified to help you decide when is a good time:
When you turn 50. As much as people don’t like discussing age, it is a big factor. If you have never had a full body check before, this is the time to start.
When you find a mole has changed shape or colour. Dr Rallan reminds all his patients that the darkening, enlargement or shape change in a three-four month period is too quick for a normal mole.
When a new mole appears suddenly after the age of 45, it should be treated with suspicion.
If someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with melanoma.
When it’s coming up to a year since your last check.
Diamond Skin Care offer a Full Body Mole Check, with appointments available within three days in the Norwich and Great Yarmouth clinics. The SkinSafe check is an effective and painless service using an advanced technique called Dermoscopy. This technique can spot a cancerous mole in one appointment, keeping you free from worry and stress about skin cancer.
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