Skin cancer: the easily overlooked signs of one of the UK’s ‘fastest growing cancers’

There are different types of skin cancer, but melanoma is the deadliest because it is most likely to spread to other parts of the body. Reports from Melanoma Focus say it is one of the “fastest growing cancers” in the UK, now in the top five most diagnosed cancers in the country. Cases of the disease are projected to increase by 50 percent by 2040, placing a significant burden on countries around the world. However, early diagnosis of the disease not only increases survivability but also improves the patient’s experience of care.

Jackie Hodgetts, Melanoma Nurse Clinician, Christie Hospital, Manchester and Trustee of Melanoma Focus, said: “The current situation is simply unsustainable.

“Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, but advances in treatment have revolutionized patient survival.

“While this is extremely positive, cases are becoming more complex and the increasing workload means fewer patients are receiving the essential holistic support of a skin cancer CNS.”

The best way to increase cancer survivability is to catch the disease in the early stages, but some warning signs of melanoma are “easy to miss,” according to the AARP.

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The health authority explains that the hallmarks of melanoma are asymmetrical or rough-looking moles without clearly defined borders.

But there are certain characteristics of moles that often go unnoticed and are therefore overlooked.

A person can have multiple birthmarks, but not all have the typical characteristics of a cancerous growth.

However, the one that should be examined is the mole, which is drastically different from the rest as it is more likely to be malignant.


In women, these are more likely to occur on the arms and legs, while in men, the head, neck, back, and trunk are more likely to be affected.

It is equally important to check parts of the body that are not exposed to the sun.

Sometimes cancer can appear under the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands, or even as a dark spot under the nail bed.

Even more rarely, melanomas occur in the eye, mouth, or scalp, which can cause subtle changes in hair color.

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Sometimes moles can differ in color because some melanomas have deeper pigmentation than others.

This can give them a red or blue tint, depending on the body’s immune response to the disease.

Alternatively, the mole may not produce any pigment at all, leaving a white halo around a dark spot.

The AARP adds: “If a mole on your body starts to itch or become more painful or tender, you need to get it checked out.

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