Skin Cancer Awareness Month is here
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and here at Attwaters Accidents we are joining in with ‘Skin Cancer Awareness’ month this May.
There are two types of skin cancer: Non melanoma skin cancer and melanoma skin cancer.
Non melanoma skin cancer
Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun and therefore it is common for non melanoma skin cancers to develop on those areas of the skin which are most exposed. The cells in the epidermis (top layer of your skin) are most at risk of sun damage.
Non melanoma skin cancers include basal cell skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma) and squamous cell skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
Generally these types of cancer are easy to treat and cure but it is important to check your skin on a regular basis and report any concerns to your GP.
Melanoma skin cancer
Melanoma skin cancers develop in the skin cells called melanocytes. These are cells in the deeper layers of the epidermis.
This type of skin cancer is generally more serious as it can spread to other parts of the body.
Common symptoms of skin cancer include a sore or area of skin that:
- doesn’t heal within 4 weeks
- looks unusual
- hurts, is itchy, bleeds, crusts or scabs for more than 4 weeks
A further symptom could be changes to the appearance of a mole or freckle.
Skin cancers can grow slowly and it can take some years before a cancer is noticed. But sometimes a skin cancer can grow very quickly. It is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible following noticing anything of concern.
Please also see Cancer Research UK for more information regarding skin cancer.
Skin cancer is treatable with appropriate action. Unfortunately, this sometimes does not happen, and Attwaters Accidents are here to help when things do not go as they should.
If you are concerned about an injury as a result of an injury or medical negligence, please contact us and we would be happy to provide you with advice going forward.