Specialist expertise: Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Skin Rashes, Skin Cancer, Moles, Dermatology, General Dermatology, Adult Dermatology, Mole Checks, Mole Mapping, Cutaneous Immunology, Skin Cancer Surgery, Melanoma.
The incidence and mortality from melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, continues to rise worldwide with around 16,700 cases per year in the UK. Since the 1990s the incidence rates have almost doubled and they are predicted to rise by around 10% between 2023- 2025. Melanoma is the 5th most common type of cancer in the UK, accounting for 4% of all new cancer cases . Whilst there have been significant improvements in the management of advanced melanoma in the last few years, overall 25% of patients diagnosed with melanoma will go on to die from the disease. Early detection of melanoma at an early stage is therefore crucial as surgical removal of early stage disease usually results in cure. There is good evidence showing that adequate screening of individuals leads to higher pick-up rates of early-stage thin melanomas with a more favourable prognosis  and reduced medical costs [3,4].