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Best Skin Cancer Screening specialists in Sudbury CO10, UK 2022 | Doctify

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St Mary's Square BURY ST, EDMUNDS, United Kingdom, IP33 2AA - 13.81 miles
St Edmunds Hospital - 13.81 miles
St Mary's Square BURY ST, EDMUNDS, United Kingdom, IP33 2AA
Offers video consultation
Recommended by 1 specialist
27 years of experience
Skin Cancer Screening, Dermatitis, Rosacea, Acne + 37more

Dr. Aruni Ranasinghe is a Consultant Dermatologist based at West Suffolk Hospital, where she is Clinical Lead for Paediatric Dermatology and Lead for Dermatology Research. She has extensive experience in a variety of dermatological conditions, with a specialist interest in psoriasis, eczema and psychodermatology.

She has trained at the St Johns Institute of Dermatology London, Guys and St Thomas Hospital and at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge, both centres of excellence. In 2007 she completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Dermatology at King’s College London and attained membership with the Royal College of Physicians in 2013, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2017.

Dr. Ranasinghe is actively involved in clinical research with a special interest in biological therapies for Psoriais and Eczema. She is a Principle Investigator in a number of pivotal international multi-centre clinical trials including Double Blind Randomised Controlled Clinical Trials. Her work has been published in a number of leading journals including the British Journal of Dermatology (BJD) and Journal of American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) . She regularly presents in local, national and international dermatology meetings and is enthusiastic in practicing evidence based medicine and CPD. She also has a subspeciality interest in paediatric dermatology and psychodermatology and has developed local clinical services in these areas of high quality. Passionate about teaching and training, she provides education to the University of Cambridge Medical Students, Dermatology Specialty trainees, GPs and other health professionals regularly at both local and national educational events. She has received uniformly excellent feedback from these educational events as well as excellent colleague and patient feedback. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, Creative Cooking, Yoga, Pilates, Art and Fashion Design.


Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
  • Mole Checks
  • Phototherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Skin Surgery
  • Video Consultation
  • Skin Scraping for mycology
  • Intra lesional steroid injections
  • Skin tag removal
  • Shave Excisions of Benign Lesions

  • Psychodermatology
  • Paediatric Dermatology
  • Skin Cancers ( Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Lentigo Maligna)
  • Sun Damage (Actinic Keratosis, Solar Lentigo)
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema/ Atopic Dermatitis - Adult and Paediatric
  • Skin Allergy
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Viral Warts
  • Cysts
  • Benign Moles
  • Dermatitis
  • Urticaria
  • Rashes / Skin Eruptions
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Skin picking disorders
  • Pruritus / skin itching
  • Solar Keratoses
  • Seborrheoic Keratoses
  • Benign Keratoses
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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