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Do you have a mole you dislike or one that is causing you concern? Keeping an eye on your lesions is important, if you feel you have any concerns to have them checked via doctors, dermatologist or skin cancer specialist (Mr Banwell)
A lesion is a growth on the skin different compared to the rest of the skin around it. It could appear different in colour, shape or size.
There are some lesions that can cause a concern. Here are some types of lesions you can find on your body:
- Sebaceous Cyst
- Actinic keratosis (AK)
Although some of the above may not be seen as a concern they may be a nuisance, they may get cut during shaving, bleed, or get caught on clothing, necklaces or combs.The same may apply to small birth marks, skin tags, warts, cysts, papillomas and other lumps and bumps on the skin which need removing.
Some moles are “beauty spots”, but others may look unattractive and be a source of concern. We must keep a regular check on our moles, looking out for any unusual crusting, bleeding, colour change, shape and sizing.
Prevention is key – We know that skin cancer is caused by exposure to the Solar Constant – ie. the combination of ultraviolet radiation (UV-A and UV-B), infrared (IR) and visible light from the sun. Intense exposure via sun-bed use also dramatically increases risk of skin cancer formation (between 30-70%) and thus avoidance of sun-beds is mandatory.
Prevention therefore is the key and minimising sun exposure as much as possible. Sun burn episodes are highly predictive of future skin cancer formation so should be avoided.
Simple measures such as avoiding the midday sun, wearing a hat, sunglasses and liberal use of sunscreen is key. Use of sunscreen – SPF – has been shown to reduce the incidence of skin cancer. Mr Banwell and his team therefore advocate daily use of sunscreen throughout the year and we can recommend the latest innovations in SPFs. Our current favourite is B3-T from Rationale Skin Care.
Excision of lesion
Mr Banwell is able to remove hairy moles, unsightly moles, skin tags, warts, warty lesions, keratotic lesions, skin cancers, basal cell carcinomas (BCC), squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and malginant melanomas (MM). For mole removal surgery in Sussex, mole removal Kent, mole removal Surrey and mole removal London please phone 01342 330302.