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to help boost were diagnosed is testament support early diagnosis." Cara Simpson 10 diagnosed with suspected cancer at mobile screening unit in city centre.

Byline: Cara Simpson Health reporter cara.simpson@coventrytelegraph.net

TEN people have been diagnosed with potential skin cancer at a mobile screening unit in Coventry city centre.

Two of those were later referred for further tests within the two-week wait when cancer is suspected, after having their skin examined by specialists at the Macmillan Cancer Support mobile service.

Five local dermatologists carried out skin checks on more than 290 people at the mobile unit, which stopped off in Coventry city centre in September to help boost awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

According to new figures released in September by Public Health England, the number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the past five years.

And the number of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the UK, the most serious type of skin cancer, has risen to around 35 people being diagnosed every day.

Helen Kennedy, a Macmillan information and support specialist on the unit, said: "The fact ten potential skin cancers were diagnosed is testament to how important events like these are.

"It also gave us a chance to raise awareness about skin cancer and to support those who were worried with information as well as examinations.

"The increase in hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment is concerning, it's really worrying that so many people are still not taking the dangers seriously enough and are willing to put themselves at risk.

"We plan do to more events like this in the future to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and risks associated with skin cancer and to try and support early diagnosis."

To avoid skin cancer, the advice is to stay safe in the sun by using sun tan lotion, wearing sun protective clothing including hats and sunglasses or staying in the shade between the hours of 11am and 3pm.

Visit your GP if you have any usual marks on the skin such as a lump or scaly patch that lasts for more than a few weeks, or a mole that has changed in size, shape or colour, or crusts or bleeds.

For more information about signs and symptoms of skin cancer and malignant melanoma, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.

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