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UK Skin cancer incidence risen 45% in 10 years

Cancer Research UK has recently reported that the incidence of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, has risen by 45% in the ten year period between 2004-2006 and 2014-2016 and, in the last year 500,000 people have been referred for investigation of a suspicious skin lesion. With increased temperatures at home, and easy
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Finalist in three categories at LaingBuisson healthcare awards for excellence 2017

Check4Cancer is delighted to have been shortlisted as finalist in three separate categories of the Laing Buisson healthcare awards for excellence 2017. Rising Star –  Professor Gordon Wishart, as Chief Medical Officer of Check4Cancer, has led the company to becoming an innovative private provider of early cancer detection services with cancer as its sole-focus and in doing so has
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Skin cancer – and the importance of protecting your child.

With schools having broken up for the summer holidays and long days ahead, it’s more important then ever for parents to consider the impact of sun damage on their children – as a recent story reported in the Daily Mail has brought home. Jennifer Nicholson, 50, spoke of her heartbreak after her 18-year-old daughter, Freja,
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Skin cancer risk increased by hidden red hair gene.

New research suggests that a “silent” red hair gene could significantly increase individuals’ risk of skin cancer – and as many as one in four in the UK could be carriers. The research, led by a team at the Sanger Institute near Cambridge, confirmed that gene variants associated with red hair, pale skin and freckles
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Check4Cancer & Cigna finalists for second year in ‘Best Diagnostics Provider’ category at Health Investor Awards

Check4Cancer and Cigna have been working together for the past 14 months to tackle early detection of breast cancer and skin cancer. Cigna teamed up with BreastHealth UK, in January 2016 to provide OneStop breast cancer diagnostics and with SkinHealth UK in June 2016 to offer customers rapid access to skin cancer specialists across the UK. BreastHealth UK and
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Skin cancer: new research says we must look to our feet

When considering skin damage and our risk of melanoma we are used to thinking about what comes from above – potentially damaging UV radiation in sunlight – but new research suggests we should also be looking beneath our feet.

The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and entitled Melanomas and Mechanical Stress Points on the Plantar Surface of the Foot, identifies other types of damage which can lead to skin cancer. As the reports introductory summary explains: “Sun exposure is widely recognized as the main causative factor in cutaneous melanoma. However, melanomas also emerge in areas of the skin (such as palmoplantar surfaces) that are not exposed to the sun ... Here we report on a series of patients with melanomas that developed in areas of plantar surfaces that had the most mechanical stress.”

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