A skin cancer and sun protection awareness day will be held at the Pierremont Pharmacy in Broadstairs on Tuesday.
The independent pharmacy is one of only two east Kent, and the only Thanet store, offering a mole screening service.
A Pierremont spokesman said: “Many people still go on holiday at this time of year and often feel that because “summer’s nearly over” the sun’s rays are somehow not as strong and no cause for alarm. In addition, people often forget to check their moles for any changes too so we thought we would combine the two and make an event of it and also be on hand if anyone had any questions about the mole screening service.
“There is very low awareness of the risks of skin cancer and it can affect people of all ages but if detected early, and treatment sought, lives can be saved. That is why this mole screening pilot has been put into place, with a view to educating consumers and raising awareness of the availability of the service within the pharmacy.
“Any mole causing concern can be scanned in the pharmacy using the latest imaging technology to capture the depth and shape of it. The images are then sent for analysis by a private ScreenCancer dermatologist and you then receive the results within two weeks.”
Pierremeont Pharmacy, which also celebrates its 10th anniversary next week, will hold the event on Tuesday from 9.30am to 2pm.
Who is at risk?
People with fair skin who burn easily, have lots of moles or freckles, have red or fair hair, were frequently sunburnt as a child or have a family history of skin cancer are most at risk. However, everyone should check their moles regularly for changes in appearance.
What to look for
The appearance of a new mole or a change to an existing mole. Areas of the body exposed to the sun are most at risk, with the most common places for a melanoma to develop being on a woman’s lower leg and on the back for men. It is advised that moles are checked every few months for any changes in appearance.
What’s involved in the Mole Screening Service?
If you are concerned about any of your moles, the mole screening service as a very quick and painless way to check your moles for peace of mind.
Any mole causing concern can be scanned in the pharmacy using the latest imaging technology to capture the depth and shape of the mole. The images are then sent for analysis by a private ScreenCancer dermatologist and you’ll then receive the results within 2 weeks. For more information about ScreenCancer, you can visit their website here
How much is the Mole Screening Service?
It’s £35 for the initial screening for one mole and £15 for each mole after that should you wish to have more than one mole scanned.
How do I find out more about this service?
Just pop into Pierremont Pharmacy and have a chat with one of our friendly staff who will be happy to speak to you or you can telephone us on (01843) 600309
Pierremont Pharmacy is at 73-75 High Street, Broadstairs or visit the website here