Published: 13:42, 09 February 2017 |
Updated: 13:47, 09 February 2017
Regent Pharmacy in Windmill Street, Gravesend, teamed up with company ScreenCancer UK last summer and started offering a mole scanning service.
During sessions, lasting 15 to 20 minutes, a trained health care assistant moves a scanner over the mole or other skin imperfection the visitor is worried about.
Scroll down for video
A light passes 2mm into the person’s skin and creates five different images of the mole that can be studied by a medical professional, including one that shows its blood supply.
If the patient has nothing to worry about they receive the good news via text message or letter but if they need to book a GP appointment or monitor their mole they will receive a phone call from ScreenCancer UK.
Tina Soskind, new business and service manager at ScreenCancer UK, said: “It can be hard to get an appointment at your GP and often getting a mole checked is last on your list. So some people are running around with melanoma and not getting it checked.
“We promise results in two weeks but it can be 24 to 48 hours on a good day and I’ve never known it take longer than a week.
“Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and it’s on the increase. More people are diagnosed in Australia but more people die here because people aren’t as aware of it.”
Customers pay £35 for their first mole to be scanned then £15 for each additional one after that and about 50 people have had the test done at Regent Pharmacy in a little over six months.
The pharmacy is also selling wrist bands in aid of Cancer Research UK as part of World Cancer Day, which was on Saturday and aims to raise awareness and funds to combat all kinds of cancers.
See the ScreenCancer website or ScreenCancer UK on Facebook
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating!
PLUS, register for free!.
Read our pick of the best holiday destinations. Whether its a weekend break, or something a little bit longer, we have reviewed a wide range of holidays.