Dr Madan talks to Cosmopolitan magazine about the importance of checking your moles.
Recently Dr Madan talked to Cosmopolitan magazine contributing to an online article about the different types of skin cancer. Dr Vishal Madan featured within the magazine giving his say on the different types of skin cancers there are.
As skin cancer is on a rise, they highlight the importance of regularly checking any moles you may have or checking to see if there are any new ones. They say ‘According to the latest figures from Cancer Research UK, cancer incidence rates have increased by more than a third (35%) for women since 2004. And while melanoma is still more common in those over 65, rates for 25-49 year olds have increased by 70% since the 1990s’
So what are the different types of skin cancer?
As the article explained there are two main different types of skin cancer, melanoma and non-melanoma. The melanoma is the more serious types of skin cancer out of the two, it is most common in people between the ages of 25-49. Dr Vishal Madan told cosmopolitan about basal cell carcinomas, which are a type of non-melanoma skin cancer. He said “Sometimes referred to as a rodent ulcer, this type of cancer presents itself as a non-healing ulcer or a flat red patch with visibly raised blood vessels, or as a skin coloured lump anywhere on the body”
He then went on to say “It’s a very slow growing cancer which is associated with very few symptoms and isn’t usually known to spread. For this reason, the cancer is often not detected early and is neglected. If left for too long, it can break the skin, bleed, get infected or, in rare instances, invade the bone and local tissues.”
Other types of skin cancer
Squamous cell carcinoma was the next non-melanoma type of skin cancer. He says “This type of skin cancer is known to be a more aggressive, non-healing sore or rapidly growing lump which can feel tender to touch,” says Dr Vishal. “They are often found on sun damaged areas, or on chronic wounds or ulcers. This cancer is very capable of spreading to local lymph nodes so should be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.”
If you have a mole that doesn’t look right to you, get it checked as soon as possible. At Everything Skin Clinic, we provide a mole mapping service which will help to check any moles that you can’t see or reach. The machine we have is helpful for people who are at higher risk of developing a malignant melanoma.
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