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 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 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.
You are up to 10 times more likely to have a melanoma if you have:
a lot of moles or unusually shaped or large moles