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172 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, United Kingdom, S11 8UR - 1.65 miles
Sk:n Clinics - Sheffield Psalter Lane - 1.65 miles
172 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, United Kingdom, S11 8UR
21 years of experience
Skin Cancer Screening, Acne, Acne and Scarring Treatments, Contact Dermatitis + 12more

Dr Vinod Elangasinghe is a Consultant Dermatologist who specialises in adult and paediatric dermatology at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust- Manchester (rated best NHS trust in UK ’17 and ’18). Following the completion of MBBS in 2001 Dr Elangasinghe has worked in various parts of the UK (Ayrshire- Mid Wales- Yorkshire- Norfolk and Leicestershire) as part of his medical and specialist training.

He completed UK medical physician training by obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007 (MRCP). During these 6 years, he gained a vast amount of general medical experience (including intensive care- cardiology) which is a bit more than routine training and he is renowned for this expertise in medical dermatology as most skin conditions/ rashes have connections to internal medical problems. Having obtained Joint Royal College Training accreditation in 2010 (MRCP Derm UK) Dr Elangasinghe was appointed as a full-time NHS consultant in Dermatology in 2011 as soon as his training was finished. Dr Elangasinghe was appointed a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 2014.

Dr Elangasinghe has authored many publications in Dermatology and presented at national and international conferences. Positions held in the past consultant Dermatologist- Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT (2011-2016)Skin Cancer MDT Lead- North Derbyshire- Chesterfield (2014-2016)Vice-chair- Skin Cancer NSSG- South Yorkshire and Humber (2014-2016)Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer- University of Sheffield (2012-2016)Dr Elangasinghe maintains the most up to date knowledge and experience in treating skin diseases ranging from skin cancer to rashes (inflammatory skin disease). He also has a special interest in science and the biology behind hair disorders. He is a clinician who uses a mixture of most advanced- novel treatments along with older well-trusted ones in providing patients with a range of treatment options.

Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Skin surgery
  • Laser skin surgery
  • Acne/ spots/ pimples
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin tags
  • Infections of skin
  • Cysts, lipomas
  • Birth marks, blemishes
  • Age and liver spots
  • Pigmentation problems
  • Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Scarring (mild or severe) from acne scars, post traumatic scars, unsightly surgical scars and keloids
  • Hair problems (thinning, losing hair or other problems) and alopecia
  • Allergic skin problems (allergy/ patch testing offered for patients 3 years and over)
  • Childrens’ skin problems (Paediatric Dermatology)- eczema being the commonest
  • Red face/ Rosacea and thread veins (you may or may not have other symptoms)
  • Rashes that you are struggling to get a diagnosis 
  • Chronic non healing leg ulcers
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What age should you get a skin cancer screening?

There is no national screening programme for skin cancer in the UK, but generally, you need to start getting screened for skin cancer in your 20s to 30s. If you’re exposed to the sun often, have a family history of skin cancer, or have moles, you should get it checked sooner. Ideally, you should have annual skin cancer screening as part of preventative care or to spot early signs of skin cancer.

What kind of screening is there for skin cancer?

Skin cancer screening involves a skin self-check by a patient and a full body skin exam by a healthcare provider. A full body skin exam is where a clinician carries out a thorough check of your body from head to toe. 

What can I expect from a full body skin cancer screening?

At the beginning of your full body skin cancer screening, you’ll be asked to remove all clothing and put on a medical gown. A doctor or dermatologist will then ask you if there are any moles or spots that worry you. The doctor will then proceed to examine every area of your body. These include your scalp, face, chest, back, arms, back of your legs, between your toes, and the soles of your feet. 

When carrying out the examination, a doctor will look out for moles, spots, birthmarks, and other pigmented areas that appear to be abnormal in colour, size, shape, or texture. They may use a bright light or magnification tool to take a closer look. If the clinician doesn’t find anything suspicious, the skin exam shouldn’t take longer than 10 to 15 minutes.

However, if the doctor suspects that a mole could be cancerous or precancerous, they’ll take a photograph of the mole for your medical records and perform a biopsy. Before doing so, they’ll clean the area of skin where the mole is located and inject a local anaesthetic. The doctor will then use a scalpel to obtain a skin sample. The process is painless, except for a slight tugging feeling, or pressure on the skin. 

The mole sample will be sent to a lab for analysis by a pathologist who will inspect it under a microscope to check for cancer cells. Your doctor should receive the results within a few days. If the mole turns out to be cancerous, your doctor will discuss next steps and suitable treatment options. 

Will I need to do anything to prepare for the test?

In preparation for skin cancer screening, it will help if you examine your skin so that you point out anything that concerns you. Using a hand mirror or full length mirror, check every area of your body including your scalp, face, chest, under your arms, and the soles of your feet. In particular, look out for:

  • New moles or growths that have appeared recently
  • Moles or growths that have changed over time in colour, shape, and size
  • Moles or growths that bleed, or take several weeks to heal
  • Moles or growths that itch
  • Moles or growths that are asymmetrical or have jagged edges
  • Redness or swelling around the border of the mole or growth
  • Moles or growths that are larger than 6 mm in diameter