Welcome to the Harrogate Skin Cancer Support Pack

Whether you have had a skin cancer diagnosis, been told you have a higher risk of skin cancer or are just looking for more information, this page has been designed by the Skin Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist Team to enable you to access all the information you need, when you need it.

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Skin Cancer

What is skin cancer?

Find out about what skin cancer is and how it develops. 

Types of Skin Cancer

There are many different types of skin cancer. Click the link to find out the some of the most common

Who's at risk?

Our lifestyle and history can impact out level of risk of skin cancer 

Sun Safety

Be sun safe, it's one of the best ways you can do to protect yourself

How to check your skin.

Checking your skin often is simple yet important

What do I look for?

Find out about what skin cancer is and how it develops. 

What to do if you're worried.

Find out more about what to do if you're worried about your skin

How to check lymph nodes

Checking your lymph nodes at home is quick and easy to do. Follow this guide to find out how to do it yourself.

 
 

Types of Skin Cancer

Sandy Beach

What is skin

cancer?

Basal

Cell 

Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Aytpical

Fibroxanthoma

Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Lentigo Maligna

Insitu Melanoma

Melanoma

 

Who's at risk?

Click the images to find out more.

 

Sun Safety & Sun Burn

What is sunburn and why should I protect my skin?

Watch this video to understand more about sunburn, why it's important to avoid it and how to protect your skin

Ue the arrow to the right to find out more about sunscreen - how it works, what type you need and how and when to apply it

Video Credit: Cancer Research UK

What should I look out for?

 

What to do if you're worried

 
Nurse Talking to Patient

Your Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist will be happy for you to ring for advice but they may well advise you to see a Doctor.

The easiest and quickest way to do this is usually to see your GP. They can see and examine the area and may be able to reassure you, without you needing to come to the hospital

Many changes turn out to be totally harmless, you’re just far more aware of your skin after a diagnosis of skin cancer.

If the problem is with a skin cancer you are already having treatment for however we will usually arrange for your consultant to see you

 

Remember – If in doubt, check it out.

 

How to check your skin

If you have a lot of moles it can be harder to check so:

  • Get to know your skin and what is normal for you, we’re all different

  • Look for changes.

  • Look for the ugly duckling, the one that is different from the rest

  • Check once a month, changes can happen at any time, see the video for how to do this.

  • Take photographs to compare against.

  • Put a ruler next to the mole you want to keep an eye on so you can see if it gets bigger.

  • Use an app to store them, this is an example of one which lets you put the images next to each other and makes it easier to compare, but you may find one you like better.

Find out more here

 

Remember – If in doubt, check it out

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Regular checking of your skin is simple but important. Watch the video to find out more. 

Video credit: WebMD

 

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