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Royal Preston Hospital receives upgraded skin cancer detecting kit

Posted on - 8th September, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Health, Preston News, Sharoe Green
Rebecca Arestidou receives the donation for the new dermatoscopes from, left to right, Habibullah Munshi, Ibrahim Vali Bux Matliwala and Abdul Aziz Vali Matliwala, of the Preston-based Rhodi Charitable Trust and The HVM Foundation

Upgraded dermatocopes have been bought to help spot skin cancers earlier.

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Following a donation of £3,382 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation the hand-held devices are now being used by specialist skin cancer nurses to check moles and skin lesions.

Malignant melanoma – skin cancer – is now the county’s fifth most common cancer and cases are on the increase.

More than 200 people a month attend the dermoscopy clinics at Royal Preston Hospital.

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Rebecca Arestidou, who works as Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s grants, projects and impacts officer, said: “We are very grateful to Rhodi Charitable Trust and The HVM Foundation for their support on this project.”

Rebecca explained: “The team running the dermoscopy clinics obviously already had dermatoscopes but the new ones are much better.

“Without the help of Rhodi Charitable Trust and The HVM Foundation we wouldn’t have been able to upgrade the team’s dermatoscopes as such an upgrade isn’t part of standard NHS provision. Now people referred to the clinics know they are being examined with the very latest in screening kit, which should help to ensure not only earlier detection of malignant melanomas but also, reduce the frequency of unnecessary surgical excisions of benign lesions.”

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Habibullah Munshi from Rhodi Charitable Trust and The HVM Foundation said: “Rhodi Charitable Trust and The HVM Foundation aim to provide support to various good causes. Supporting local charities and causes is particularly important to us. As such, we are delighted to work in partnership with Rosemere Cancer Foundation to fund the new dermatoscopes. We are pleased that our contribution will help thousands of local people annually.”

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