New skin cancer unit opens in Dundee

In collaboration with the Press Association

A new centre has opened at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee to diagnose, treat and carry out research into skin cancer.

The Tayside Dermatology, Skin Cancer Treatment and Research Centre is the first of its kind in Scotland and has been set up to help provide treatment for the nation's growing number of skin cancer patients.

Dr Colin Fleming, consultant dermatologist and the lead figure in the centre's development, commented: "Skin cancer is now the most common cancer in humans.

"It has increased faster than any other form of cancer in the last 20 years and this rise in the rate of skin cancer is predicted to increase for at least 15 more years.

"In the past, the only approach to skin cancer was to operate, but now we have many new treatments which will allow us to give tailored treatment for individuals."

Dr Fleming added that many of the new treatments do not require surgery and cause little discomfort, while some involve creams which can be applied at home.

Dr Kat Arney, Cancer Research UK's cancer information officer, said: "This new skin cancer research centre is excellent news for people in Scotland and throughout the UK.

"More and more people are getting skin cancer every year, mostly due to excessive exposure to the sun.

"It is only through research like this that we will find new ways to beat the disease."

Around 100,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year. The major cause of the disease is excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.