Sometimes it is difficult to know if you have an abnormal mole or how to identify a skin cancer. We have put together this guide for two reasons
If you are in any way concerned about any of your moles then please contact us to arrange an appointment at one of our UK wide mole screening clinics. We can check all your moles and get your results back to you quickly.
Remember, early detection saves lives!
The conditions Actinic Keratosis and Intra-Epidermal Carcinoma (also known as Bowen’s disease) can be regarded as pre-cancerous as these have the potential to develop into skin cancer.
Actinic Keratosis (Also known as Solar Keratosis)
80% of occurrences of these pre-cancerous lesions occur on the head, neck, back of the hands and forearms and are the result of long –term over exposure to the sun.
The lesions may be sore, cause irritation, pain or discomfort and as well as being cosmetically unsightly, they can also feel rough.
They usually have a scaly appearance and are a, brown, red, pink or whitish colour and appear as single or multiple spots smaller than 1cm diameter. The larger and thicker they are the more likely treatment is required.
Intra-Epidermal Carcinoma (Bowen’s Disease)
This lesion occurs most commonly on the head, neck and lower limbs. It is a scaly red, pink or salmon colour patch with an irregular border. It can have a scaly, ulcerated, crusty, warty or even velvety surface and because it has no symptoms, they can be quite large by the time of presentation.
Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC or Rodent Ulcers)
Accounting for 80% of all skin cancer cases, Basal Cell Carcinoma is one of the most common forms for skin cancer. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and can present as a shiny lump, skin ulcers or even look like eczema or a patch of dry skin. Often the only clue is a patch of skin that doesn’t heal.
Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC’s)
Squamous Cell Carcinomas are usually found on the face, ears, lips, mouth and hands and present as a scaly lump, a non-healing sore, ulcer or nodule.
Malignant Melanoma is rare but is the most serious skin cancer. Left untreated it can spread in the body and eventually can be fatal. Use this guide to the ABCD of melanoma to help identify suspect moles and, if in any doubt, contact us for mole screening.
For further information about skin cancer you can download our brochures on Skin Awareness & Sun Safety or details of our skin check mole check service. Alternatively, we have further videos on our Skin Awareness and Sun Safety and SkinCheck pages.