Melanoma prevention and early diagnosis

Article featured in The Lady 23 July 2019: Sun damage – top tips to avoid melanoma

With temperatures set to hit 38°C this week, clear skies will see many of us heading out to make the most of the summer sun. The number of people who will go through the whole summer without suffering even a slight burn is likely very slim. But behind the tans and sunburns associated with spending time in the sun, there is the latent risk of melanoma.

Recent statistics by Cancer Research UK demonstrate around 13,000 Brits develop malignant melanoma each year, where around 1,800 were diagnosed in the mid-1970s. Ultimately, malignant melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, killing 7 people a day in the UK. If left untreated, other forms of skin cancer can spread and develop into a malignant melanoma over time. While it is not the most common of skin cancers, it has the highest mortality rate.

Because of this, the value of an early-diagnosis cannot be understated. If melanoma is recognised and treated early, it is almost always curable, but if it is ignored and left untreated, the cancer is likely to advance and spread to other parts of the body. The more the cancer is left to spread unchecked, the harder it is to treat and can be fatal.

Wesley Baker, CEO of ANCON Medical, comments on the problem: …

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