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Charity mole/skin check with Honiton Lions

In association with the Lions charity in Honiton Dr Tony Downs, Consultant Dermatologist carried out a mole/skin check for the local East Devon population on Saturday 21 May 2022.

Over 100 people were seen throughout the morning raising money for the Honiton Lions charity that supports many local ventures in and around Honiton and East Devon.

Dr Tony Downs Dermatologist at Lions Charity mole-skin check at Honiton, Devon

A number of probable melanomas and non-melanoma skin cancers were identified at this event and these will proceed to hospital NHS surgery through their local GPs.

Melanoma is the 7th commonest cancer and Devon and Cornwall has four times the national average.

Getting your skin checked out by a competent doctor picks up potentially serious problems earlier.

A big thank you to everyone involved and to all those who attended to support this worthwhile event.

If you have any concerns about your skin or a suspicious mole please get it checked by a medical professional. Look out for a mole which changes progressively in shape, size and/or colour. You can check your moles by learning the ABCDE of moles. This covers a range of features that can help you spot if a mole is becoming cancerous.

Dr. Anthony Downs runs a mole check clinic or you can upload a photo using our online form to get an initial evaluation.

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Dr. Antony Downs and Dr. Nigel de Souza, GP partner in association with the Lions Club, held a Mole Check event on Saturday 13th July at Coleridge Medical Centre, Ottery St Mary near Exeter in aid of Cancer Research UK.

160 people were seen and over £1600 was raised for Cancer Research UK in one morning. It was a fantastic team effort helping to raise awareness and a significant sum towards the fight against skin cancer.

The team put in a great deal of work to host the event but it was very much worth it, with lots of appreciative patients, and a number of skin cancers identified which are now on course for treatment.

A big thank you to everyone involved and to all those who attended to support this worthwhile event.

If you have any concerns about your skin or a suspicious mole please get it checked by a medical professional. Look out for a mole which changes progressively in shape, size and/or colour. You can check your moles by learning the ABCDE of moles. This covers a range of features that can help you spot if a mole is becoming cancerous.

Dr. Anthony Downs runs a mole check clinic or you can upload a photo using our online form to get an initial evaluation.

Exeter’s South West Dermatologist and medical colleagues helped to raise an incredible £2347 for Cancer Research UK as part of a mole check event on Saturday 1st June 2019 at Exeter Medical in Admiral House.

Overall some 178 members of the public had their moles checked by Dr Downs and his team.

26% of those that attended were worried they had skin cancer and 5.3% did not trust their GPs opinion. 95% of patients were reassured and left relaxed following this healthcare intervention - despite the fact 16% were referred on for surgery.

Dr Tony Downs FCRP commented:

“I would like to thank everyone involved in making the event a success; and for all those who attended on the day raising money for such a worthwhile cause. Our charity mole check event really is growing year-on-year, helping to reassure some and offer support and advice to others. 

Out of the 178 people who attended, several diagnosis were made, some of which were malignant melanomas requiring immediate treatment. Everyone needing to access treatment will quickly receive the necessary advice and support either from their GP or ourselves.”

South West Dermatology Thank you Charity Mole Check Event in aid of Cancer Research UK Circle

Melanoma is a cancer that usually starts in the skin, either in a mole or normal-looking skin. The number of people developing melanoma is continuing to rise. 1 in 54 people will be diagnosed with malignant melanoma during their lifetime.

Regularly checking your skin (no matter how young or old you are) can help lead to an early diagnosis and increase your chances of successful treatment.

If you are worried about a suspicious mole then please call Ros on 01392 350053 or get in touch online for a full body mole check or speak to your GP as soon as possible.

Over the past four years, annual charity mole check in aid of Cancer Research UK held at Exeter Medical has become a firm favourite amongst our regular customers and members of the general public.

Dr Anthony Downs Exeter Consultant Dermatologist & skin expert Devon

2019 proves no different as our mole check event returns to Exeter Medical, Admiral House, Exeter Business Park on Saturday 1st June 2019 from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

If you have a particular mole you are worried about Dr Downs and our dermatology team will assess you on the day in exchange for a minimum donation of £10 to Cancer Research UK. Anyone needing to access treatment will quickly receive the necessary advice and support either from their GP or Exeter Medical.

Exeter Medical would like to build on the success of last year’s mole check whereby 174 members of the public were assessed and £2,340 raised to support the work carried out by Cancer Research UK.

Early diagnosis is so important so drop by on Saturday 1st June 2019, no appointments are necessary and everyone is welcome to attend!

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