Early diagnosis = better prognosis: Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK’s latest report sheds a stark light on the importance of early diagnosis.

Across 8 common cancers, including melanoma, 10 year survival was up at 81% for those caught at stage 1 and 2 but fell sharply to 26% for those caught at stages 3 and 4.

CRUK’s GP expert Dr Richard Roope said: “It’s important that people are aware of their bodies and, if they notice any unusual or persistent changes, they should see their GP.”

Skin Analytics’ mission is to make sure that all melanoma are caught at stage 1, when they are much more easily treatable.

Keep an eye on moles that look different to your other moles. These are called dysplastic moles and are at greater risk of evolving into melanoma.

Any moles that appear newly in adulthood should be checked. The most concerning sign, however, is a changing mole. If you notice a change in colour or shape, or the mole becomes itchy, painful or starts to bleed, see a doctor as soon as you can.