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Skin Cancer Warning in Cornish Heatwave

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7:00am 24th July 2012

Pirate FM has learnt four people a week are being diagnosed with skin cancer in the southwest.

As Cornwall basks in the sun we are warned rates for men and women in their fifties have tripled since the eighties.

Jessica Harris from Cancer Research said: "It was around thirty or so years ago package holidays became much more popular and much more available to many people and when sun beds first arrived in the UK. It's possible those two things may play into the rates we're seeing now."

"Any change in the size, shape or colour in a mole or any change at all to a mole or a normal patch of skin maybe if it gets crusty or bleeds or starts to itch - it's a good idea to get it checked out by a doctor."

Angela Nicholson, 44, knows from personal experience the importance of spotting skin cancer early.
 
The nurse was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2002 aged 35.
 
She said: “I’ve not been a regular sun worshipper but I did spend holidays in my childhood in Cornwall on its beaches and spending a fair bit of time outdoors. I only remember getting burnt once on my back.
 
“Back in 2002 I noticed a prickly sensation on my back when I rubbed the towel against my back. I knew I had a mole and decided to get it checked out.
 
“I was told it needed to be removed which left a 2” scar. I went back to work and didn’t think anymore of it. Ten days later test results came back and I was told I needed a second operation as it was malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer."

7:00am 24th July 2012

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