There are two types of skin cancer: non-melanoma and melanoma. Non-melanoma skin cancers develop slowly in the upper layers of the skin. They are the most common skin cancer and affect as many as 100,000 people in the UK each year. They can usually be treated effectively and, when caught early, the risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body may be small.
Melanomas are rare, but more serious, and may spread to other parts of the body. And, if left untreated, may be fatal. They affect around 13,000 people in the UK each year.
The first sign of a non-melanoma skin cancer is usually a lump or patch on the skin that doesn't heal, even after a few weeks. The most common sign of a melanoma cancer is a new mole appearing on the skin or a change in an existing mole. If you experience these kinds of symptoms it's a good idea to speak to one of our GPs or dermatologists as soon as possible.
We know that being diagnosed with skin cancer is frightening. But, whatever type of skin cancer you're facing, our experienced dermatologists will be on hand to reassure you at each step of your diagnosis and treatment.
You can learn more about skin cancer and moles here.