Health Centre Gets New Equipment For Detecting Skin Cancer

mole picture dermatoscopeThe Isles of Scilly Health Centre has taken delivery of a new piece of kit to help with the early detection of skin cancer.

The dermatoscope, which attaches to an iPhone, allows local GP’s to take magnified images of irregular moles.

These can then be emailed to consultants based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, potentially reducing the need for patients to travel to the mainland to attend in person.

The equipment was purchased thanks to a kind donation from St Mary’s Hospital League of Friends.

Lead GP John Garman says he’s grateful to the League of Friends for purchasing the device.

The occurrence of skin cancer on the Isles of Scilly is higher than the national average, he says, so it is important that we do everything possible to encourage early detection.

John says anyone concerned about moles, particularly any that have changed in shape or colour, should make an appointment to see a GP at the Health Centre.