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Sun damage can lead to skin cancer









Accurate and reponsive diagnosis & treatment for skin cancer


There are three common forms of skin cancer that, as dermatologists, we regularly diagnose and treat; basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma (non-melanoma skin cancer NMSC) and melanoma.

Malignant melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and usually manifests as a new or changing mole which may have an irregular shape and a number of different colours.

Squamous cell carcinoma usually presents as a quickly growing, skin-coloured lump, on sun-exposed skin.

Basal cell carcinoma is the commonest type of skin cancer on sun exposed sites and is usually a slowly growing skin coloured bump on the skin that may weep, ulcerate and fail to heal.


What should you do?

First see your GP if you haven't already. If your GP suspects a melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma and you do not have health insurance you can be referred as a NHS patient and will be seen within 2 weeks (and your treatment should be completed within a month as these are government targets).

Alternatively, you can make an appointment to see Dr Blackwell at Spire Hospital Harpenden and she can review your case very quickly and organise any treatment required.





You may find the following website useful:


Cancer Help UK


DermNet NZ Patients area on their website


The British Association of Dermatologists


Cancer Research UK








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