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Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, with at least 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year. However, if you know the main signs and symptoms to look out for, an early diagnosis typically means a better long-term prognosis for recovery.
There are several different types of skin cancer to be aware of:
The appearance of a new mole, or any changes to an existing mole anywhere on the body, could be an indication of a melanoma. Pay particular attention to irregular sized or shaped moles, and those that itch or bleed. Melanoma is less common than other types of skin cancer, accounting for around 5% of all cases, but can spread quickly to other parts of the body, so if in doubt get it checked out by your doctor as soon as possible.
There are two more common types of non-melanoma skin cancer, both of which usually develop in the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of the skin:
- Basal cell carcinoma: This starts in the basal layer of cells that line the epidermis, and accounts for around 75% of all skin cancer cases.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: This starts in the cells which line the top layer of the epidermis, and accounts for around 20% of all skin cancer cases.
One of the first symptoms that could indicate the presence of non-melanoma cancerous cells is the appearance of a lump or patch on the skin which doesn’t heal within a few weeks. Cancerous lumps are typically red and firm, whilst patches are usually flat and scaly.
Any skin abnormality that has not healed after four weeks should be checked out by a specialist. It is unlikely to be cancer, but it’s always best to get these things checked out for your own peace of mind.
Safe and effective cancer treatment
Here at The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic we use photodynamic therapy (PDT) to remove certain types of superficial precancerous lesions which affect the skin, including basal cell carcinomas, Bowen’s disease, and actinic keratoses.
This modern treatment is safe and highly effective in removing precancerous lumps and patches, without causing any damage to the surrounding healthy cells. PDT manipulates the chemical interaction between light and a light-activated drug, leading to a series of chemical reactions that kill off any diseased cells, leaving healthy cells intact, and reducing the potential for scarring.
If you’d like to find out more about our safe and effective treatment for superficial skin cancers at The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Dermatologists are expert specialists, not only of the skin, but also of allergic conditions such as contact dermatitis, hair problems such as alopecia (hair loss), nail problems such as fungal nail conditions etc.
If you have concerns about any of these areas, please call to make an appointment to see one of our specialists, as we are the only clinic in East Kent with consultant dermatologists heading the team.
Why Choose The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, Kent is led by a Consultant Dermatologist and Laser Specialist. It is the winner of the Gold Award for Cosmetic Clinic of the Year at The Kent Health & Beauty Awards 2016. The Clinic is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission. All the doctors, nurse and therapists are highly trained and have many years experience in the treatments offered. Further information on the team, please see Meet The Team page.
Your appointments are never rushed. We will take time to explain the procedures to you, make a personalised assessment of your needs and agree a treatment plan to suit you.
We see clients from all over Kent such as Ashford, Dover, Deal, Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Folkestone, Hythe, Faversham, Sittingbourne and Maidstone and further afield.
Please call our friendly team on 01227 472288 if you would like to make an appointment or you may wish to use our online booking system here.