Rightly so, people have become far more conscious of their moles. We now have a tidal wave of increased incidence of skin cancer. Information is easily available via various sources including the internet. There are a number of factors responsible for this; more harmful UV rays penetrating the earth’s atmosphere due to reduction in the ozone layer, changes in lifestyle allowing much more leisure time, increased tendency for people to expose their bodies to the sun for prolonged periods of time, previous history of excessive exposure when sun screens were not realised to be important. Australia and New Zealand who have large populations of white skinned people and high daily uv doses and a worrying increase in skin cancer have lead the way in promoting sun avoidance, sun protection and sun screens.
In the last 2 decades we are waking up in the UK to the same problem. People with a family history of skin cancer, history of excessive sun exposure or sun bed use, a large number of moles, very fair skin are particularly at risk. Your GP may be confident in Dermatology and have the time to offer you a mole check on the NHS.Please approach him/her first and ask.
Some people would like to have some time devoted to examining all their moles by a Doctor specialising in Dermatology and if this applies to you Dr Harker will be happy to oblige. If any are found that require referral under the NHS Dr Harker will inform you.