June 21, 2008

Checks in Store for Skin Moles

SHOPPERS in Birmingham are being urged to have their moles checked out to spot signs of skin cancer.

The High Street branch of Boots in the city centre is staging in- store mole checks on Thursday.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and the number of new cases in the UK has doubled in the last 20 years.

But most cases are easily treated and cured if detected in the early stages.

Boots suncare scientific adviser Mike Brown said some types of skin cancer could be avoided if people checked their moles regularly.

He said: "Patients are advised to have their moles examined professionally if they notice any changes in shape, size, colour, or if a mole is itchy, bleeds or if a scab forms."

The consultation will be performed by a trained nurse using a hand-held scanner which scans to a depth of about 2mm and checks for any changes to the skin.

The nurse will then take a medical history of the patient along with a colour photograph of the mole.

The results of each screening will then be sent to a consultant dermatologist The 20-minute consultation will be performed in a private area of the store and costs pounds 49 to scan up to three moles.

For more information call 0800 085 4428.

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