National screening programmes like breast and colon cancer do not exist for skin cancers. Skin cancer is the most common and fastest-growing cancer in the U.K. Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common skin cancer followed by Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Malignant melanoma is one of the most common cancers in the young age group aged 15-34 years. The more moles one has the higher the risk of melanoma. Other risk factors include skin that burns easily, increased freckling, red-blonde hair, blue-green-hazel eye colour and a high number of sunburns in the past. Previous history of melanoma significantly increases the risk of developing another melanoma. Early diagnosis improves the outcome significantly. Annual screening by a professional is recommended for all. Individuals who spend greater amounts of time outdoors and exposed to UV radiation for prolonged periods of time (outdoor workers, outdoor sports, with sports enthusiasts, gardeners etc.); those with personal or family history of skin cancer and immunosuppression will benefit the most for skin cancer screening through a total-body skin examination.

 

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