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Searches for skin cancer information spike after Duchess's announcement

After the Duchess of York revealed her malignant melanoma diagnosis, public interest in melanoma surged, with the NHS skin cancer webpage receiving nearly 13,700 hits within two days, equating to a visit every 13 seconds.
Melanoma, a serious skin cancer type, can metastasize, often caused by UV exposure from sunlight or tanning beds. The NHS offers guidelines for identifying melanoma signs.

Sarah Ferguson, also facing breast cancer, found she had skin cancer during mole analysis post-reconstructive surgery.

Taking a health break, she shared her skin cancer diagnosis on Instagram. Usual traffic to the NHS's skin cancer information doubled eightfold post her disclosure.

NHS's cancer lead, Professor Peter Johnson, emphasized vigilance for skin abnormalities and urged GP consultations for any concerns.

Early detection is critical for successful cancer treatment. Indicators of melanoma include:

- Irregularly shaped or edged moles
- Multicolored moles
- Large moles
- Any moles that change in size, shape, or color

Moles can form anywhere but are prone to sun-exposed areas. Checking skin regularly and consulting a GP for anomalies is advised. Cancer Research UK provides imagery of concerning moles.

In the UK, melanoma incidence has risen; currently, it is the fifth most prevalent cancer with about 16,700 new cases annually.

Royal health updates this week also include King Charles's treatment for an enlarged prostate and the Princess of Wales's abdominal surgery.

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