A little while ago, I was a bit worried about the moles on my back and went to my GP to have them double checked. My GP wasn’t really able to help, so I was referred to Dermatology at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Turns out everything was ok, as the Dermatologist said they were all healthy skin lesions.

Then during covid, I had a pigmented lesion on the back of my leg, I’d had it a while, but it wasn’t a mole, it was quite light in colour and was flat to the surface but I could feel that it was a bit hard under the surface. Again, I panicked that it could something suspicious. At this point, the GPs weren’t offering face to face appointments and even trying to get a telephone appointment with my doctors’ surgery was and still is an absolute nightmare. I then decided to Google whether there was anywhere I could go locally to have it looked at. Aside from going to a private dermatologist in the city centre or Clifton, the only other option I could find, was Boots at Cribbs Causeway – they offered mole screening. I made an appointment online through the website and attended the appointment later that week.

At the appointment, it couldn’t be more simple. The lady at the pharmacy took all my personal details and details about the pigmented lesion, including whether it bled or changed at all etc. She took two photos of the lesion with the Screen Cancer Dermatascope and uploaded them to her system. I was then contacted directly by Screen Cancer UK a few days later. Luckily, again, everything was ok, and it was nothing to worry about.

I have abused my skin in my younger years – I have used sunbeds, used tanning oils with little or no sun factor. I have even (rather stupidly) used olive oil on my skin when out in the summer sun. I always thought having a tan made me look and feel healthy.

It’s only been in the last few years, that I have learnt more about the skin and the dangers of tanning, and what a tan actually means for your skin’s health. I now wear either a daily SPF 30 or 50 on my face and when other areas of my skin are exposed, I either wear an SPF30 or I have a Dove body moisturiser that includes a SPF15.

80% of ageing is caused by the sun and did you know that getting sunburnt just once every two years, can triple your risk of getting skin cancer? It’s actually quite scary when you realise how dangerous tanning is.

Recently, I have partnered with Screen Cancer UK myself and am now able to offer the amazingly quick and easy mole screening service. Please be aware that I am not able to diagnose anything. I am just collecting the data and images for Screen Cancer UK’s team of dermatologists. Once this has been done, you will be contacted directly by Screen Cancer UK with either a report of your results (if everything is fine) or by telephone if further treatment/testing is required.

I am super excited to be able to offer this service in South Bristol. It’s £35 to screen one mole and £15 for any additional mole within the same appointment.

If you have a mole or skin lesion that you have been meaning to get checked, or have had it checked by your GP but want a second opinion or even if you just want a bit of peace of mind, then this service is for you.

If you’d like to book an appointment, please get in touch.

Rubi xx