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York Hospital holds ‘skin watch’ day

The Dermatology Department at York Hospital is opening its doors and encouraging the public to be skin safe.

A special Skin Watch open day is being held at the hospital on Saturday 20 July, where nursing and medical staff from the department will be on hand to offer advice on how to check moles, and will be able to look at any skin changes that are causing concern and offer advice. There will also be a poster display.

Dermatological complaints account for around a fifth of all GP consultations.

Dr Calum Lyon, Consultant Dermatologist at York Hospital, said: "We want to offer the public the opportunity to learn about the signs to look for that might be a sign of potential skin cancer or skin disease. Skin cancers are more common in the UK than all other cancers combined, and early detection gives the best chance of effective treatment. Our team will be happy to answer everyone's questions on the day and to examine any skin complaints and offer advice. It is important that people keep an eye on their skin, and any moles in particular, and to know the signs and signals that might indicate cancer or other skin diseases."

The event is free and takes place at the Dermatology department off the main corridor at York Hospital 10am until 3pm. People are welcome to drop in at any time. Anyone needing further action will be given a handwritten report to take to their GP.

For further information contact Elaine Vinter, communications officer, on 01904 721592 or elaine.vinter@york.nhs.uk

18 July 2013

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The event is free and takes place at the Dermatology department, York Hospital, 20 July from 10.00am to 3.00pm

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