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Skin Cancer

Basal carcinoma cell indicating skin cancer

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If your bronze permatan would make David Dickinson envious, and you regularly fry yourself on sun-drenched beaches or pay for blasts of the artificial stuff at a salon, then you could be increasing your risk of skin cancer. Since the 1980s the number of cases has rapidly increased, reaching around 69,000 new diagnoses every year. Melanoma indicated by the presence of malignant moles is one of the main types of skin cancer. However, not all moles are harmful, usually only those that either suddenly appear or are irregular in colour or shape. There are also non-melanoma types of cancer which include basal cell (a smooth bump or a flat crusty and scaly spot) and squamous cell cancer (a red lump or a flat scaly crust-like lesion). You can still venture out into the daylight, but check your skin regularly and use high factor protection in the sun. If in doubt, consult your GP.

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I have two miles on my neck since I was born. They started as one but split in two as I grew older. The big one is about as big as a five pence coin, should I be worried?





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Hi i have what looks like a boil, like a hard lump on the top of my arm, its been there for about 1 year but its pinky/brown in colour and isnt painful at all, i have already seen a doctor which has just told me to watch it but i am worrying myself sick and would like a second opinion on it? Im a 27 year old female, thank you.





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About a month or so ago I noticed a small dot on my face and the other day I was putting on my make up and noticed it had grown, it's now a raised pink scaly (very light brown around the edges) irregular shaped patch of skin and it's sore to the touch, I'm a little bit worried about it but haven't been to my doctor yet as I know that they will tell me it's nothing but another freckle, if you could help that would be amazing. Thank you





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Iv'e got this slithly dark patch of skin on my leg, it's been there for months. It's not itchy and it's smooth and it has stayed the same size. I just don't know what it could be!





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I have a mole on my hip and it's sore like a spot and it's red around the edge I'm 28





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Hi, I have a mole on my face that I have had since I was born but I have recently notes it has start to rasie and looks a lighter brown should I be worryed about this and get it checked removed Thank you





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I had a very small scab removed from my lip ten years ago . I have had a similar one on my tiop lip that i have had frozen eight times but it keeps coming back and now it seems to have an extension to it higher above my lip . I had four moles taken off my back three years ago which were pre melonoma . I am worried . What should i be doing next





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What about moles on your palms or soles of your feet? I have one on my hand and one on my foot, should I be watching these even closer?





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I have a big mole on my back with about 7 hairs growing out of it and it is painfull to touch is this cancer?





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Hi there, my boyfriend recently had a mole removed from his lower arm the mole was perfectly circular and was black/grey in colour, it's has been sent for testing but we are worried it may be cancer? Any help or advice whole we wait for the results?





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