Preston charities come together to buy new skin cancer screening kit

Patients referred to the Royal Preston Hospital with suspicious moles and other suspect lesions that could indicate skin cancer will now undergo examination with the very latest in screening equipment after Preston charities Rhodi Charitable Trust and The HVM Foundation donated £3,382 to cover the cost of four new dermatoscopes.

The upgraded dermatoscopes are for our team of cancer clinical nurse specialists who run dermoscopy clinics at the hospital, which are attended by more than 200 people a month – 2,400 annually.

A dermatoscope is a hand-held device similar to a camera that has a light source and magnifier to enable the skin cancer nurse specialist to check for malignant melanoma (skin cancer), which according to the latest figures from Cancer Research UK is the now country’s fifth most common cancer with cases on the increase.

The first class optics of the Opticular Visionmed Dermatoscopes allow for the visualisation of sub-surface skin structures usually not visible to the naked eye, enabling skin cancer’s earlier detection.

Rebecca Arestidou, our 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.”

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.”

Thank you to all involved for making this generous donation, for the benefit of our patients.

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