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Dermatologist Warns of Skin Cancer Risks in Winter in An Urgent Call for Vigilance

Dr. Manuraj Singh underscores the importance of vigilance for skin cancer signs during winter. He emphasizes the need for self-assessment and early detection, especially in light of the rising cases of melanoma.

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Emmanuel Abara Benson
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Dermatologist Warns of Skin Cancer Risks in Winter in An Urgent Call for Vigilance

In the frosty embrace of winter, when swathes of fabric shield our skin from the icy winds, the silent specter of skin cancer often slips unnoticed. Dr. Manuraj Singh, renowned Consultant Dermatologist, draws attention to this hidden peril, emphasizing the pressing need for vigilance and self-assessment despite the season's deceptive cocooning.

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Unmasking the Invisible Enemy

The winter months, ironically, could be a breeding ground for skin cancer, as people, cocooned in layers of clothing, are less likely to notice new or changing moles, persistent inflammation, lumps, or bumps. Dr. Singh, hence, advocates regular self-examinations, especially for fair-skinned individuals with a history of sun exposure or a genetic predisposition to skin cancer.

Melanoma: A Rising Threat

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Although relatively rare, melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer that is on an alarming ascent, with over 16,000 new cases diagnosed annually in the UK. Dr. Singh underscores the ABCDE method for mole assessment – asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolution – as a crucial tool in the early detection and treatment of this menace.

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers: The Dominant Yet Manageable Foe

Non-melanoma skin cancers, constituting more than 90% of cases, can manifest as persistent sores, scaly patches, or unusual lumps. These are generally not life-threatening but underscore the universal mantra for all skin cancers – early detection and treatment are paramount.

In the throes of the COVID crisis, concerns about overburdening healthcare services are legitimate. However, Dr. Singh passionately implores individuals not to delay seeking medical attention for any signs or symptoms of skin cancer, stressing that the stakes are too high for procrastination.

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