Dr Chris health: This Morning doctor opens up on skin cancer scare – pictures and symptoms


He said: “Melanoma is a mole that changes in size shape or colour. This could include moles that have increased in size – that are larger than a blunt end of a pencil.

“If you’ve got more than five to 10 moles on your upper arm, it means you’ve got more than 100 on your body and you’re at increased risk.”

Non-melanoma tends to appear as a lump or discoloured patch on the skin.

Melanoma usually appears as a new mole or a change in an existing one, but this type of skin cancer is considered more dangerous because it can spread to other organs in the body.

Dr Chris revealed he discovered he had non-melanoma skin cancer in the past after his wife checked his back.

He said: “Get someone to check your back.

“I had one of those on my back but I couldn’t see it. It was skin cancer but not a melanoma.”

Dr Chris chose to focus on the more serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, and said when it comes to checking moles, the one thing you should ask yourself is if it’s normal or abnormal.

Dr Chris Steele, 76, has a regular slot on ITV’s This Morning, offering health advice on a range of conditions from flu to diabetes. Today on the show he highlighted the symptoms of melanoma skin cancer and how to avoid it. He also revealed his own skin cancer scare, stressing how important it is to have moles and spots checked. There are two types of skin cancer – melanoma and non-melanoma.

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