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2,000 People Respond To Safer Sun Campaign In Dorset

Skin Cancer Julie Cleaver

8:16am 12th September 2014

Over 2,000 people sought safety advice during the Safer Sun campaign by NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Dorset County Council.

Dermatologists performed checks on moles for early signs of cancer and offered advice at a series of sessions held throughout August and September.

Over 400 people asked for advice on their moles during the sessions in Weymouth and at the Melplash and Dorset County Shows. Around a quarter of these were advised to see their GP for referral to a secondary care specialist.

Celia Canter of NHS Dorset CCG said she was thrilled that so many came out to get potentially life-saving advice.

"This kind of opportunistic intervention captures the interest of people who may not normally go and see their GP for what they think is a small problem.

The dermatologists were able to reassure many people that their moles were harmless, some were advised to watch for any changes and some were advised to see their GP for further specialist investigation- picking up early signs that could mean lives have been saved."

People attending the events also left comments praising the excellent service on the campaign's stands.

For more information on skin cancer visit www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk

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