This has partly been caused by the fact that the incidence of skin cancer in Dorset is one of the highest in the UK, with the number of melanoma cases increasing by more than 10 per cent in the last five years. Malignant melanoma, the type of skin cancer often associated with ‘changing moles’, is now the fifth most common cancer in the UK, and, although half the patients diagnosed are over 65, the rates are increasing in the younger population, too. Malignant melanoma is the second most common cancer in adults under 50, according to Cancer Research UK.
As with all cancers, early detection is important for successful treatment of skin cancers.
Local residents can now take advantage of the new private dermatology clinic at the recently expanded Robinson’s Dental Practice on Christchurch High Street, in what is thought to be the first collaboration of its kind in the UK.
This new clinic offers the opportunity for those patients who wish to look outside the NHS to access immediate diagnosis and treatment for all types of skin conditions, both urgent and routine. Locally-based consultant dermatologist and cutaneous surgeon Dr Marsha Ostroumova will be heading the clinic, offering dermatology consultations, diagnosis and a full range of skin treatments, mole checks, biopsies; advanced skin cancer surgery with full private histopathology laboratory support will also be available.
Dr Ostroumova has over 10 years’ experience as a specialist skin cancer surgeon, and as well as the new Robinson’s clinic she also has had clinics at the BMI Winterbourne Hospital in Dorchester and the BMI Harbour Hospital in Poole. In addition to her own clinic, Dr Ostroumova will be providing specialist training to the Robinson’s dental team in the early assessment of skin lesions. The head and neck are the most common areas of the body for non-melanoma skin cancers, so dentists are ideally placed to notice what may be early cancerous lesions and can advise patients on seeking out a definitive medical diagnosis.
To book a dermatology consultation at Robinson’s Dental Practice in Christchurch, please get in touch.
Consultant dermatologist and cutaneous surgeon Dr Marsha Ostroumova