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The Importance of mole checking

The charity Cancer Research recently issued a warning about the sharp rise in melanoma skin cancer cases across all ages. It estimates that cases could increase by 50% over the next 20 years. Moles are closely linked with melanoma. This dangerous form of skin cancer either develops within an existing mole or appears as a […]

Consider Mole Mapping

If you have a lot of moles how can you keep an eye on them if you have a lot to monitor? The answer might be mole mapping. What is mole mapping? Mole mapping involves tracking all of the moles on your body in an automated way. By monitoring them over time, it becomes easier […]

This Month We Focus on Skin Cancer

As May marks Skin Cancer Awareness Month, now is a great time to learn more about this. While if caught early, the majority of patients make a full recovery from skin cancer, battling any form of cancer is a frightening and stressful experience. Here, we will look at the different types of skin cancer and […]

Get your moles checked

The 3rd to 9th May marks Sun Awareness Week. While everything feels much better when the sun is out, it is important to protect the skin from its harmful UV rays. Melanoma is a common cancer that is increasing in incidence, and a real concern for those who frequently expose their skin to the sun. […]

This Rosacea Awareness Month – How Can You Treat Rosacea?

As April marks Rosacea Awareness month, here we will look at what the condition is and how you can treat it. What is Rosacea? Rosacea is a very common skin condition which typically develops on the face. More common in those with fair skin, it largely affects those aged 40-60 years. It is known to […]

Caring For Your Skin During Bowel Cancer Treatment

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, helping to raise awareness of the cancer and its symptoms. Did you know that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK? It is also the second biggest cancer killer, with more than 42,000 people diagnosed with the condition each year. If diagnosed early, most patients […]

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Review of melanoma patients receiving checkpoint inhibitors

Dr. Edwards has recently completed a retrospective review of our melanoma patients at The Royal Marsden developing cutaneous toxicity while receiving checkpoint inhibitor therapy. ‘Cutaneous toxicities in patients with melanoma receiving checkpoint inhibitor therapy: a retrospective review. The experience of a single large specialist institution.’ Checkpoint inhibitors have significantly improved the overall survival for several […]

Is Lockdown Stressing Out Our Skin?

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented lockdowns across the world. For almost a year, UK residents have been living under some form of lockdown, restricted mostly to their homes. Not only is this having a significant impact on our mental health, but it’s also contributing to a number of skin issues too. Here, we’ll […]

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Rare side-effects of immunotherapy highlighted

Well done to Dr Ferguson and Dr Ho. Our case ‘Extensive mucocutaneous, oesophageal and otic lichen planus secondary to Nivolumab therapy’ has recently been published in Skin Health and Disease. Anti-PD-1 therapy is a type of immunotherapy and an area in increasing development for its efficacy and advantages in the treatment of advanced metastatic melanoma. […]

Why Cancer patients need to protect their skin in the sun

If you are being treated for cancer, whether this is with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy or radiation keeping your skin protected all year around is essential. Cancer treatments can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Even on overcast days, UV rays can still penetrate the skin. Under the right conditions, patients can still […]