The Scottish Skin Cancer Screening clinic is located at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. The clinic offers rapid access to diagnostics and treatment for all non-melanoma skin cancers.
Skin cancers are particularly problematic in Scotland. In 2009, 10,382 patients were registered with non-melanoma skin cancer, of which 7,557 registrations were basal cell carcinomas (Source: ISD Scotland).
Checking your own skin
It is highly recommended to check your own skin as you will be the only one to notice any changes that don’t go away within 4 to 6 weeks. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should visit your GP who will be able to refer you to a specialist if required:
- A new growth or sore that won’t heal
- A spot, mole or sore that itches or hurts
- A mole or growth that bleeds, crusts or scabs
- Avoid overexposure to sunlight
Sunlight is the most important source of Vitamin D. Our body needs Vitamin D to produce calcium. However we should always enjoy the sun with moderation.
Avoid exposure at the hottest time - especially between 11am and 4pm, when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.
Use sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or more that contain both UVA and UVB protection. Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every 2 hours.
Avoid sunbeds and sunlamps. The UK's leading professional body on skincare, the British Association of Dermatologists, recommends that people should not use sunbeds or sunlamps. They can be more dangerous than natural sunlight because they use a concentrated source of ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation.
Use appropriate clothing. If you know that you are going to spend consecutive hours in the sun, it is recommended to cover you up with clothes, hats and sunglasses.
The most common types of skin cancers are referred as non-melanoma skin cancers. The two most common forms are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). After the initial consultation, your consultant will present the diagnosis and treatment plan. There are a number of different techniques used to treat non-melanoma skin cancers:
- Conventional surgery: the technique is to cut away the cancer, along with a small amount of normal surrounding skin. The cut is then stitched closed.
- Curettage and electrocautery (C&C): the cancer cells are scraped off and an electrical current is applied to the skin to kill any remaining cancer cells.
- Cryosurgery: very cold liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and kill the cancer cells.
Please call 0141 810 3151 for more information on Skin Cancer services at BMI Ross Hall Hospital or make an online enquiry here.