Mole Assessment Clinic and skin cancer prevention

on Wednesday, 02 July 2014. Posted in blog

Mole Assessment Clinic and skin cancer prevention

It’s that time of year again that we start talking about getting your moles checked before you go on holiday. This is because the first sign of a melanoma or skin cancer if often the appearance of a new mole or a change in the appearance of an existing one. In addition, those of us with a large number of moles on our skin are at greater risk of melanoma.

As Doctors, we are probably guilty of overusing the saying that 'prevention is better than cure' but never is it more appropriate than when said in reference to skin cancer. I'm from the generation who grew up loving the sun and feeling encouraged to get as much of it as we could, at least without burning but in those days skin cancer awareness was much lower and the high streets were not then lined with tanning salons as many are nowadays. The 'year round tan' continues to be extremely popular and there is a concern that people are increasing their risk through over exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun outdoors and in the tanning booth - and that this is driving the continued rise in skin cancer cases.

The risk of skin cancer can't be easily exaggerated. Each year in the US there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, colon, lung and prostate. 

We run a mole assessment clinic in our Emsworth Clinic and in our Boxgrove, Chichester Clinic which can give you peace of mind if you’ve got concerns about any of your moles. It is much better to get moles or other skin concerns checked out as soon as you notice any issues with them. Like with all cancers the sooner you get a diagnosis and the sooner you can start treatment the better.

Things to look out for with moles:

•Getting bigger

•Looking inflamed

•Changes to the shape

•Changes to the colour – getting darker, becoming patchy or multi shaded

•Loss of symmetry - the two halves of your mole do not look the same

•Itching or pain

•Bleeding or becoming crusty

We can provide a mole check for you and your family to ensure that all is well. We can screen the whole family together for just £140*

Whatever your concerns we can help -  just give us a call on 01243 388 712  or use our online booking system.

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Billy Connolly suffering with Prostate Cancer

on Wednesday, 18 September 2013. Posted in blog

Billy Connolly suffering with Prostate Cancer

September is the month for prostate cancer awareness so I hope that Billy Connolly's announcement will help to achieve exactly that and raise awareness of this cancer and the opportunities that there are for curing the condition. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men affecting about 1 in 8 men in the UK at some point that you may have. 

The prostate is about the size of a walnut and part of the male reproductive system located in front of the rectum and below the bladder.


Michael Douglas talks about throat cancer and HPV

on Monday, 03 June 2013. Posted in blog

I welcome Hollywood actor Michael Douglas's very frank and open assessment in an interview with the Guardian newspaper, that it seems likely that the throat cancer that he'd suffered with over a number of years was caused by 'oral sex'. 

The HPV (human papiloma virus) virus is widespread in the population and especially amongst reasonably sexually active people - with usually no can harmful effects. However, certain strains cause cancers in certain people.

These strains of HPV are widely associated with cervical cancer but it is less well known that they are also associated with penile cancers, anal cancers and throat cancers - where the virus is likely to have been transmitted through sexual contact. Although we do not yet fully understand why certain people are more vulnerable than others we do know additional risk factors include smoking and drinking alcohol.

This statement by Michael Douglas will help to raise awareness of the risks associated with hpv and I believe should serve to encourage those who should be part of the NHS vaccination program to ensure they do get vaccinated. It will also add more voices to the arguments which we have in clinical circles about the 'for's and against' of including boys within the national screening program as is the case in Australia. The vaccine would protect against all of the cancers associated with these hpv strains.


At Southdowns Private Healthcare we offer the HPV vaccine for those who are concerned and would like themselves or their children - both boys and girls, to be protected.

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