Skin Cancer – What to Look Out For

Skin Cancer – What to Look Out For

Skin Cancer

Welcome to another edition of the Vysana Life newsletter. I’m Dr. Sunny Dhesi, and today, I’m diving into a crucial topic: skin cancer. As we enjoy more sunshine, it’s essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and know when to seek professional advice. Let’s explore the key things to watch out for to ensure your skin remains healthy.

You can watch the video below or continue reading…

Understanding Skin Cancer

Signs of Skin Cancer

New Moles or Changes in Existing Moles

One of the primary signs of skin cancer is the appearance of new moles or changes in existing ones. Melanomas, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types. Any mole that has changed in size, shape, or colour should be examined by a healthcare professional. Melanomas can appear anywhere on the body but are more common in sun-exposed areas like the face, ears, neck, and back.

Lesions in Unusual Areas

Skin cancer can also develop in less expected places such as the eyes, soles of the feet, palms of the hands, or even the genital area. If you notice any new lesions or changes in these areas, don’t ignore them. Early detection is crucial, so seek medical advice promptly.

Regular Skin Checks

Regular skin checks are vital for early detection. Ask a partner or a close friend to help check hard-to-see areas like your back. Look for any new or changing moles, lesions, or spots. Regardless of your skin type or age, regular monitoring is essential for everyone.

What to Do if You Notice Changes

Seek Professional Advice

If you notice any changes, seek professional advice immediately. Your GP can assess your skin and refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to managing skin cancer effectively.

Use Technology

At Vysana, we offer a service called “Map My Mole.” Using a special lens attached to a phone, we can take a detailed image of the mole and send it to a dermatologist for analysis. This report helps us determine the next steps, whether it’s removal or further investigation.

You can check out our Digital Mole Scanning Service here

Professional Treatments

If a mole is benign but bothersome, treatments like liquid nitrogen or cryotherapy can remove it. For more serious concerns, referral to a dermatologist is essential. They can provide specialised care and treatment plans.

Common Questions and Misconceptions

Is Sunscreen Enough?

While sunscreen is a crucial part of protecting your skin, it’s not a cure-all. Regular skin checks and being aware of any changes are just as important. Sunscreen helps prevent damage, but early detection of any abnormalities is vital.

Can Darker Skin Get Skin Cancer?

Yes, even those with darker skin can develop skin cancer. Regular checks and awareness are important for everyone, regardless of skin type. Skin cancer can occur in less exposed areas on those with darker skin, making vigilance essential.

Practical Steps for Skin Health

Monitor Your Skin Regularly

Make it a habit to check your skin regularly. Look for any changes in moles, spots, or lesions. Early detection can significantly improve treatment outcomes.

Use Technology to Aid Detection

Consider using services like “Map My Mole” for detailed analysis and professional advice. These tools can help catch potential issues early and provide peace of mind.

Seek Medical Advice Promptly

Never hesitate to seek medical advice if you notice changes in your skin. Early intervention is key to successful treatment and management of skin cancer.

Obesity and Weight Management

Understanding Obesity

Obesity is characterized by excess body fat and is a complex disease with psychological, physiological, and lifestyle factors. It’s not just about calories in and out. Understanding obesity as a multifactorial disease helps in addressing it effectively.

The Role of Lifestyle Choices

Lifestyle choices play a significant role in managing obesity. Factors like diet, exercise, stress levels, and work-life balance contribute to weight gain and overall health. Understanding these elements and addressing them holistically can lead to better management of obesity.

Professional Help and Treatments

If you’re struggling with obesity, seeking professional help is crucial. Medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro can aid in weight management under medical supervision. Clinics, including partner clinics, offer these treatments and provide holistic support.

Latest Clinic Treatments

Microneedling with PRP

Microneedling is a versatile treatment that helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and skin resilience. Combining microneedling with PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) can enhance the results, stimulating skin rejuvenation and regeneration. It’s a popular treatment at our clinic for improving skin texture and quality.

Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling alone is beneficial, but adding elements like hyaluronic acid and vitamin C can enhance the effects. This treatment stimulates collagen production, improving skin texture and reducing signs of aging.

Conclusion

Thank you for joining me in this edition of the Vysana Life newsletter. Keeping your skin healthy involves regular checks, using sunscreen, and seeking professional advice when needed. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to us. Stay vigilant, stay safe, and enjoy the sunshine responsibly.

Not sure what’s best for your skin?

At Vysana, we’re not just about aesthetics; we’re about comprehensive health care. You can choose virtual and face-to-face consultations or why not try our free Skin Analysis?

We also offer full private GP services such as blood tests and much much more.

If you’re seeking more personalised advice or wish to book a private consultation, please reach out to us at information@vysana.com. You can also book through our website or call 01572 827085.

Remember, this is a conversation, not a consultation. For medical advice, please book an appointment.


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