i News: Regular Mole Checks Picked Up Carcinomas

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i News’s feature on the alarming rates of male deaths from skin cancer featured 80 year old Mick Goss, whose regular mole checks with Dr Ross Perry had picked up a series of carcinoma which have now been removed.

Mick explained how he had grown up in an era where sunblock was not really understood or worn on a regular basis. He’d spent some of his childhood in Zimbabwe and regularly suffered from sunburn.  He explained:

“Men are more cavalier with regard to their skin. Unfortunately once the damage is done the risk increases and we are more likely to develop skin cancer later on in life which is annoying as it’s certainly less likely if you are sensible.

“I wish I’d had the knowledge to stay out the sun but it was just not known in my generation.”

As with many patients, the historical sun damage was to cause problems decades later.

In his 50s, Mick noticed dry and irritable patches of skin which were initially treated with creams and freezing.

However, in his 60s and 70s, Dr Ross Perry diagnosed 2 squamous cell carcinomas and a series of basal cell carcinomas which were treated by surgical excision.

  • Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) are the second most common form of skin cancer. They often look like scaly red patches, sores, warts or raised growths. They can crust or bleed. The squamous cell carcinoma is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin’s outer layer (epidermis) and are considered quite dangerous, as there is a risk that they can grow and spread within the body
  • Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) are the most common type of skin cancer, accounting for over 80% of cases in the UK.  These can look like open sores, bumps or scars. There is a smaller risk of BCC spreading, but it is still important to treat them promptly

Skin cancer can appear many years after the original sun damage and it is important to be vigilant for any worrying or changing moles.

Mick had a number of skin lesions removed. He told i News:

“Luckily these were picked up early on as I was having regular mole checks with Dr Ross Perry at Cosmedics Skin Clinics.”

Mick advised anyone concerned about worrying moles to see their doctor straight away, adding a caution about the dangers of sun exposure:

“The main advice I would say to men is to apply sun cream and be careful in the sun. The skin will get damaged if you are not careful and cause problems later on which could have been avoided.”

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