The MOLE Clinic

About skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.
Caught early, it is easily treated.
Caught late, it is life-threatening.

Skin cancer screening:
saves lives - makes sense.

The most innocuous moles can be potential killers. I felt relieved that I had caught something potentially damaging early on. If The MOLE Clinic Screening Nurse hadn’t spotted it - I never would have.
— The Times

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is our most common cancer. Detected early it is easily removed, but caught late it can kill. Most of us face around a one in ten chance of a skin cancer, so regular skin cancer checks make sense.

Melanoma skin cancer is the most dangerous type. Melanoma usually appears as a mole - perhaps an unusual looking mole, or a new mole, or a changing mole or an itchy mole.

Melanoma - What You Need To Know

  • Melanoma rates in Great Britain have risen faster over the last thirty years than any of the current top ten cancers.

  • Melanoma is disproportionately high - now the second most common cancer - in younger adults.

  • Melanoma is more common in people from the most affluent areas.

  • Melanoma is almost twice as common in young women as in young men, but more men die from it - because more women have their moles checked. 


Are you at higher risk?

You are up to 10 times more likely to have a melanoma if you have:

  • freckles

  • a lot of moles or unusually shaped or large moles

  • had sunburn

  • used sunbeds

Skin cancer types & pictures