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Skin deep: an expert’s guide to the world’s most common cancer

Skin cancer is a common danger – in fact it is the most common form of cancer in the world. The idea that an innocent-looking mole on the skin could be deadly is a worrying prospect and the fact that simply being in the sun for too long can cause it is perhaps more worrying still. People often want to know how to spot skin cancer early and if it can be cured. Dr Raj Mallipeddi, a London-based expert dermatologist is here with the answers.

Spotting the signs of basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

It is the most common type of skin cancer – but it can be fiendishly difficult to detect, because there is no “one” way it should look. In fact, there are over 20 growth patterns, some of which are hard to distinguish from an ordinary rash or spot. We asked Dr Raj Mallipeddi to explain the different types of basal cell carcinoma, what they can look like, and when you should see a doctor.

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