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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Skin cancers

Skin cancers are the most common type of cancer in white populations, both in the UK and worldwide.
Most are easy to treat and pose only a small threat to life. But one type, melanoma, is difficult to treat unless detected early.
There are about 7,000 cases of melanoma a year, compared with approximately 100,000 cases of non malignant skin cancer.
But three quarters of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma. Melanoma is related to the common mole and changes in the appearance of moles should alert suspicion.
It is important to seek medical attention quickly because malignant melanoma tends to spread much more rapidly through the bloodstream than the other two types of skin cancer.
If an adult has a growing, changing, brown or black mark which cannot be covered by the blunt end of a pencil, this should be shown to the doctor without too much delay.
Dr Charlotte Proby, a consultant dermatologist for Cancer Research UK, said: "Skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun and particularly to episodes of sunburn.
"Sunburn as a child or young adult increases your risk of skin cancer."
Doctors advise people to cover up in sunny weather, and to avoid sunburn if at all possible. Read more.


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