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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.

The Spring European Academy of DermatoVenereology (EADV) 2022 was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia 12th to 14th May this year face to face, after two years of virtual conferences.

Dr Tony Downs & Dr Chris Bower at EADV Sprint Conference 2022

Dr Downs and Dr Bower were able to attend alongside a small group of other British Dermatologists in this important medical industry event.

European Academy of DermatoVenereology draws mostly from Europe and is the key driver of Dermatology education and research for European Dermatologists.

There were a variety of dermatology lectures and tutorials to attend and Dr Downs found the lasers, skin surgery and skin cancer recognition sessions particularly useful.

These events offer important continuous professional development for our skin experts and help Consultant Dermatologist to stay on top of innovation, evolving technology and medical industry developments.

Attendance helps to re-assure that South West Dermatology's clinical practice is consistent with the very best available patient care and is very often the most useful aspect of attending these meetings.

Anthony Downs, Consultant Dermatologist at AAD Annual Meeting, Boston

Consultant Dermatologist Anthony Downs attended the American Academy of Dermatology meeting in a very chilly Boston, America at the end of March 2022.

It has been two years since the meeting has been face to face and it was great for dermatologist and medical skincare professionals to re-connect with old friends and colleagues who practice dermatology in America and across the world at this international meeting.

The meeting is an important annual event for doctors that want to hear about new imminent treatments and clinical research developments in dermatology and essential continuous professional development for our skin experts.

Dr. Anthony Downs brought back many useful tips and advice that can be applied to his patients at home in the South West of England.

Hot topics in this year's AAD meeting focused around emerging eczema treatments and the relentless rise of skin cancer.

Dr. Anthony Downs, Consultant Dermatologist gave Devon based GPs a skin cancer management update on Thursday 1st July via a virtual lecture hosted by Exeter Medical.


Skin cancer rates continue to rise and melanoma is now the 5th commonest skin cancer.


Whist there have been tremendous advances in the last five years in treating and curing patients with melanoma over 50% still die when this disease is advanced. Early recognition and treatment remains essential. The South West has four times the national average of skin cancer.

The COVID pandemic has not helped with patients having to wait a great deal longer for NHS access to surgery by specialist whist their skin cancer continues to grow. Timely intervention by GPs can help reduce the skin cancer burden.

One of the notable differences between the UK and Australia, a country with higher skin cancer rates than the UK, is their lower death rate. This is because Australians proactively undergo routine and sometimes annual full body skin checks with their GP or their Dermatologist. Prevention being preferable to cure.

Full body mole checks are not generally available on the NHS, although your GP will always look at any mole that concerns you. South West Dermatology offer a full body mole check service undertaken by Dr Anthony Downs, Consultant in Dermatology Medicine and Surgery.  Dr Downs will make a full assessment of your moles using a dermatoscope.

Dr. Downs is happy to receive a photograph via his online form if you would like an initial opinion on an individual mole. 

Dr. Downs is continues to look forward to passing on his knowledge and offering further useful advice and guidance for doctors at the next event.

Call Ros today on 07838 293968 to book a full body mole check with Consultant Dermatologist Dr. Downs. For further information call us or use our online form.

29th European Academy of DermatoVenereology Congress was hosted virtually this year 29th-31st October 2020.

About EADV

Founded in 1987, EADV is the leading community to further the knowledge of health professionals and advocates in the field of dermatology and venereology. It is a non-profit organisation with over 7,000 members, across 113 different countries in the world, providing a valuable service for every type of dermato-venereologist professional.

The EADV is committed to improving the quality of patient care, continuing medical education for all dermato-venereologists in Europe and beyond, and advocacy on behalf of the speciality and patients.

This year's congress was titled: EADV Virtual - New Frontiers in Dermatology and Venereology and provided an exceptional opportunity for colleagues from around the world to explore the latest developments in science and patient care that are at the heart of the academy’s mission. There were over 11,000 attendees from 112 countries.

Dr. Anthony Downs, Consultant Dermatologist presented two clinical studies:

Incorporating a pre-consultation on-line isotretinoin video adds value to acne patient management

Incorporating a pre-consultation on-line isotretinoin video adds value to acne patient management

The provision of a YouTube acne videos to patient's prior to their acne consultation. This helps inform patients to make difficult choices about strong treatments prior choosing that treatment, also in a format teenagers and young adults can more easily relate to.

Walk-in mole/skin check - What are the perceived health values?

Walk-in mole skin check - What are the perceived health values

The health value of a charitable and free walk-in mole check with a specialist for people concerned about skin cancer.

Updated: Wednesday 7 April 2021

In the aftermath of Boris Johnson's latest statement on the measures we all need to take during the conditional easing of social distancing South West Dermatology are keen to ensure our patient well-being and safety is at the forefront of our services and offer a range of options to cater for all existing and new patients.


Patients with serious dermatology conditions needing urgent treatment


Tony Downs appointment updates during easing of COVID-19 lock-down

Urgent cases suspicious of skin cancer can be seen at The Medical Eye Centre in Marsh Barton or Exeter Medical at Admiral House. Both healthcare locations offer a protected environment and adhere to all social distancing regulations and procedures.

In the first instance please contact Dr. Downs' PA, Ros on 07838 293968 to arrange your appointment and on-going treatment.


Routine and urgent dermatology skin conditions including skin surgery


Tony Downs consultations during social distancing (potential Skin Cancers)

Dr. Tony Downs is able to see and treat patients with dermatology condition at The Medical Eye Centre in Marsh Barton or Exeter Medical at Admiral House. Both healthcare locations offer a protected environment and adhere to all social distancing regulations and procedures.

In the first instance please contact Dr. Downs' PA Ros on 07838 293968 to arrange your appointment and on-going treatment.


Patients wishing to continue with teledermatology and remote dermatology video consultations


Tony Downs remote skincare consultations

For less urgent cases, those who continue to shield at home and general dermatological related conditions Dr. Downs will continue to offer remote video consultations and teledermatology consultations for as long as required or requested by patients.

Patients can also use our online form to upload photos of their condition for assessment by Dr. Downs from the comfort of their own home.

All patients can be seen and treated with or without a GP referral.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in contact with Ros on 07838 293968 to discuss your available options.

The South West Dermatology team are here to care for you during the social distancing because your health is important too.

Dr Downs is available to see and treat severe and urgent cases at Exeter Medical during this challenging period of social distancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Patients with severe and distressful skin rashes or lumps or blemishes that might be serious skin cancers can still be seen and treated at Exeter Medical in a protected environment during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the first instance please call Ros on 07838 293968 and she will discuss your available options in consultation with Dr Downs.

If your condition is potentially serious then we will ask you to send photos via our online form and Dr Downs will assess these for further investigation.

Dr Downs is then able to engage with the patient by video consultation, or in serious cases, arrange a face to face consultation following all current medical guidelines at our out-patient facility at Exeter Medical to begin urgent treatment of your dermatological skin condition.

We are here to care for you during the social distancing because your health is important too.

Dr Chris Bower, Consultant Dermatologist was interviewed in relation to a talk he gave to Dermatology consultants from around the UK at the annual UK meeting of the British Hair and Nail Society in September 2019.

British Hair & Nail Society Logo

The UK meeting had speakers from Europe, USA and India.

Tumours around the nails are often difficult to diagnose and malignant tumours need early recognition and treatment to minimise complications.

Benign tumours can cause pain and often require treatment.

Surgery around the nail can be complicated, and great care is needed to minimise risks of permanent nail damage. 

If you have any concerns about any nail or skin changes which could be cause for concern please get in touch with Ros today on 01392 350053 to discus your available options.

On 26th July we were delighted to present a cheque for £1750 to Cancer Research UK for the Mole Check Event held earlier in July.

The cheque was presented at Coleridge Medical Centre. We raised £1750 in association with the British Lions for the Mole Check day carried out by Dr. Tony Downs, consultant Dermatologist and Dr. Nigel de Souza, senior GP.

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.

Cancer Research UK cropped

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.

Dr Anthony Downs Exeter Consultant Dermatologist & skin expert Devon

Dr. Tony Downs, Consultant Dermatologist is once again passing on his wealth of knowledge and skills to GPs and the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Dermoscopy is a great tool to help tell skin cancers from harmless lumps and bumps on the skin. By training local GPs, patients do not have to be referred on to the hospital to see a specialist - saving NHS time and money.

Dr. Downs have been training GPs for over 20 yrs in the South West to get good at skin cancer recognition.

Dr. Downs is holding a series of dermoscopy tutorials in Bristol over few months to help students develop their skills.


Dermoscopy Tutorials at BUPA Bristol

The events include a light buffet from 6:30pm followed by 1 hour tutorials from 7-8pm.

Venue:

Bristol BUPA Health Centre
The Spectrum Building
Bond Street
BRISTOL
BS 1 3LG


Tuesday 18th June 2019 - Beginners Guide


Tuesday 10th September 2019 - BCC & SSC


Tuesday 12th November 2019 - MN


Tuesday 4th February 2020 - Harmless lumps & bumps


Tuesday 28th April 2020 - Hair & Nails


Tuesday 9th June 2020 - Pink Lesions


Please register your interest with Sarah Carter by emailing sarah.carter@dermal.co.uk

These events are sponsored by DERMAL

Dermoscopy Tutorials at BUPA Bristol sponsored by Dermal

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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