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Finalist in three categories at LaingBuisson healthcare awards for excellence 2017

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.

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.

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 & 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

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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SkinHealth UK reminds Brits of the importance of sun protection during the summer

SkinHealth UK reminds Brits of the importance of sun protection during the summer

Extended periods of sunshine may be as difficult as ever to predict during the Great British summer – but that gives us all the more reason to keep in mind our risk of skin cancer.

When the weather is hot and sunny, the intense UV radiation from the sun’s rays can pose a very real threat and adequate sun protection is required. Variable weather can lull us into a false sense of security, however, with cloudy or rainy periods making is feel we don’t need to bother with sun protection. Even short periods of exposure can put us at risk, however.

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Cigna and SkinHealth UK join forces to launch skin cancer diagnostic clinics

Cigna and SkinHealth UK join forces to launch skin cancer diagnostic clinics

Cigna UK HealthCare Benefits (Cigna) and SkinHealth UK have formed an alliance to offer Cigna customers skin cancer diagnostics beginning June 2016. This new service offers customers rapid access to skin cancer specialists.

New research shows that 25 percent of all cancer sufferers see their General Practitioner (GP) three times before being referred for further tests.¹ With Cigna’s new service, customers can self-refer for a skin cancer diagnostic appointment within five working days. 

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Telemedicine can support high quality skin cancer diagnostics

Telemedicine can support high quality skin cancer diagnostics

The incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer continues to rise, with 14,509 cases of melanoma registered in the UK in 2013. The incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer is not currently recorded in the UK, but it is in excess of 100,000 per annum and rising. Despite much publicity about the risk of exposure to UV radiation, figures from the Heath & Safety Executive indicate that in the near future exposure to solar radiation will become one of the main causes of occupational cancer.

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Skin cancer – what to look for, when to act

Skin cancer – what to look for, when to act

To mark Skin Cancer Awareness Month (May), Per Hall, Clinical Advisor for SkinHealth UK, talks about skin cancer awareness, risk factors and how our attitudes need to change.

People have become much more aware of the dangers of UV exposure in recent years, and the precautions we can take against it are relatively simple – but are people as aware as they should be?

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Skin cancer – you’re not just at risk during summer

Skin cancer – you’re not just at risk during summer

Whilst we often complain about grey winter days, winter sun can bring hidden dangers – especially for those enjoying winter sports.

According to Cancer Research UK there is strong evidence to show that overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main preventable cause of skin cancers – both malignant melanoma and non- melanoma skin cancers (NMSC). Sunbeds produce artificial UV radiation, but the sun is the principal source of natural UV radiation. A study published in 2011 estimated that 86% of melanomas in the UK (around 11,100 cases) every year are linked to too much exposure to sunlight and sunbed use.

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