Skin cancer WARNING: ‘Staggering’ rise in cases - signs that you should see a GP

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, according to the NHS.

There’s been a “staggering” 54 per cent rise in male skin cancers deaths over the past 10 years, said skin-checking app Miiskin.

Skin cancer deaths increased 16 per cent over the same period for women.

More than one in four UK men admit to never checking for changes in the appearance of number of moles on their skin, according to a Miiskin survey.

“It’s important that people monitor their own skin regularly, to help track any changes which could be worrying,” said British Skin Foundation’s spokesman and Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Anton Alexandroff.

“If any changes are noticed, they can then visit their dermatologist for a medical assessment.”

Miiskin’s CEO, Jon Friis, added: “With cases of skin cancer increasing in the UK, the self-checking message is starting to sink in for some, but not all.

“Early detection is important for successful treatment.”

More than 100,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK.

Melanoma, the more severe type of skin cancer, affects around 13,500 people every year.

You can spot early signs of skin cancer by looking out for any lumps or discoloured patches on your skin.

If the patch continues to persist after a few weeks, and slowly progress over months or years, it could be skin cancer.

Most cancerous lumps are red and firm, and may turn into ulcers. A cancerous patch is normally flat and scaly.

Non-melanoma skin cancer most often develops on the face, ears, hands, shoulders, upper chest and back, the NHS said.

Melanomas are more common on the back in men, and legs in women.

The more severe type of skin cancer usually have an irregular shape, and are more than one colour.

The mole may be larger than normal, and can be itchy.

You should see a GP if you have any skin abnormality, including a lump, ulcer, lesion or skin discolouration that hasn’t healed after four weeks.