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Skin cancer screening

Skin cancer screening in the UK

Non-melanoma skin cancer

The most common type of skin cancer (abnormal growth of the cells), which arise from basal or squamous skin cells called basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. The UK has no general screening programme for non melanoma skin cancer. 



Melanoma is a serious skin cancer that involves the uncontrolled growth of melanin producing skin cells (melanocytes). Melanin is a pigment responsible for skin and hair colour. Melanoma can develop in an existing mole, freckle or the normal skin of body parts exposed to sun such as shoulders, head, and the lower leg. Melanoma responds well to treatment, if diagnosed early. Nowadays, cases of melanoma are increasing due to increase of sunbathing practices and use of tanning beds.


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Where to go for private skin cancer screening in the UK

Skin cancer screening is available in many private hospitals and private screening centres in the UK. You can: