As temperatures soar this week, the message from Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s skin cancer nurse specialist Melissa Fletcher is to make sure protection from the sun is a top priority.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and more people are developing it. Each year, more than 75,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with skin cancer and around 2,300 die from the condition.
Ultraviolet light (UVA and UVB) – which is in sunlight – is the main cause of most skin cancers. Sunburn and heavy tans are especially harmful to skin and significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Sunburn has particularly strong links to melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer.
The dermatology department, based at the London Road Community Hospital in Derby, provides a comprehensive service for the diagnosis and management of all diseases of the skin in both adults and children. There is a dedicated clinic for diagnosis of skin cancer, counselling and support for skin cancer patients and skin check clinics.