Almost 13,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma each year. Sadly this is the commonest cancer in young people. Unfortunately, melanoma also kills 2,200 a year, accounting for four in five skin cancer deaths and this number has quadrupled in 30 years, due in part to binge tanning on holidays and use of sunbeds.
Early detection is vital; if caught early, treatment can be carried out before the cancer spreads, however if left it will spread to other organs and chances of long term survival drop.To promote this message, the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund has released a new melanoma awareness video featuring the charity’s ambassador, Julia Bradbury, TV Presenter and lover of the outdoors. To view the video click HERE. Here Julia promotes the importance of having a regular mole check and it is also endorsed by the Royal Marsden Hospital.
To celebrate this launch and drive awareness of early detection for melanoma, the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund will be running a FREE Pop-Up Mole Clinic in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday, 9th March with Paul Banwell. Paul is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Head of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit (MASCU) at the Queen Victoria Hospital which has close links with the Research Charity.
They will be will performing free spot checks which will take approx 5-10 minutes between 10.00am and 3.00pm. This is not a full body skin check, but rather the chance to have a suspicious mole or lesion immediately checked and assessed.
Says Paul: ‘As medical ambassador and avid supporter of this fantastic charity, I am very excited about running this very worthwhile event to help increase awareness of skin cancer’
Book now to avoid disappointment! To book your place for a free ‘spot check’ call 01892 309911* now. If you are unable to attend, why not get into the habit of self-examination? This can alert you to changes in your skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer. It should be done often enough to become a habit, but not so often as to feel like a bother. For most people once a month is ideal, but ask your doctor if you should do more frequent checks.
The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund is a national melanoma charity based in East Grinstead, dedicated to raising awareness and funding research into finding a cure. For further information please visit: www.melanoma-fund.co.uk
* Please note that we anticipate huge demand for appointment slots. There will be limited walk-in appointments on the day.