Tuesday 25 October 2016

Get to know your skin to spot early signs of cancer

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

Dr Patrick Ormond
Dr Patrick Ormond

Half of Irish people don't know they should monitor their moles for changes in colour or size, although they could be signs of melanoma - the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

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Research by the Marie Keating Foundation found one in five men, who are more likely to die of the disease than women, would not be able to spot any of the visual signs of skin cancer.

Launching the organisation's 'Spot the Difference' campaign, Dr Patrick Ormond, dermatologist in St James's Hospital, said: "Being sun-smart is one of the best ways to protect yourself against melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

"It is also vital that you get to know your skin and examine it head-to-toe once a month, so that if a freckle or mole starts to change, you can catch it early.

"If left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and be fatal.

"Early detection is key to survival. It can appear as a new or existing spot, freckle or mole that changes."

The Marie Keating Foundation is also hosting a free seminar for the general public on skin cancer on Thursday, May 21, at 6pm in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2.

For more information, see www.spotthedifference.ie

Irish Independent

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