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Frequently asked questions on skin cancer and melanoma

Common cancers
Julie Van Onselen answers questions frequently asked by patients about recognising skin cancers

Skin cancer is increasing in the UK at a faster rate than any other cancer. Health care professionals need to become vigilant in checking patient’s skin and learning to recognise any changes.

In the absence of NHS skin cancer screening, patients need to understand how to perform skin self-examination and detect changes in their own skin. This article answers 10 common questions asked by patients on how to recognise and prevent skin cancer.

Should we worry about melanoma and how common is this cancer in the UK?

Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 5% of all new cancer cases.1 Melanoma has doubled in incidence since 1990s, and incidence continues to increase, projected to rise by 7% in the UK in the next 15 years, with 32 cases per 100,00 population by 2035.

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