New dermatoscope to help out Honiton doctors

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 18 October 2016

Honiton and District Lions Club president Brian Richards with Dr Danny Murphy and other member of the Honiton Surgery and Lions members.

Honiton and District Lions Club president Brian Richards with Dr Danny Murphy and other member of the Honiton Surgery and Lions members.

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A new dermatoscope bought by Honiton and District Lions Club has been handed over to Honiton Surgery.

The equipment has been handed over in time to be used at the club’s charity mole-screening day, which is being held in Honiton, on Saturday, October 22, from 9.30am to 1pm.

The screening day, which is at St Paul’s Church, will see the surgery doctors present, accompanied by consultant dermatologist Dr Tony Downs.

The day is raising cash for Cancer Research UK.

The event was organised after one of the club’s members went along to a similar event in Exeter, after being persuaded that he should attend by his wife.

The five-minute checkup ended up being a life-saving experience for the member, who has now worked with his colleagues to organise the charity mole day in an attempt to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer.

The club members approached Dr Tony Downs, one of the South West’s leading consultant dermatologists, who ran the mole day in Exeter, and he agreed to run a similar event in Honiton.

A checkup costs £5, which will go to Cancer Research UK, and the Lions club has pledged to match each £5 donation.

Dr Danny Murphy, of Honiton Surgery, hailed the arrival of the dermatoscope.

He added that instrument was ‘very important’ as it allows doctors to spot suspected skin cancers and melanomas at the surgery.

Lion Bob Francis added: “As the surgery has been joined by a new GP trained in dermatology, this will cut out a whole loop of sending patients into Exeter for testing, when doctors can do it on the spot. If it becomes necessary, the surgery can then arrange for patients to be seen as soon as possible.

“Not too many people realise that skin cancers and melanomas rank in the top five of cancers in the UK, and the dermatoscope allows the surgery to better assist the community. This could be just that the five minutes which saves a life.

“At similar events, a number of people have been surprised to have been diagnosed with melanoma before it became too serious.”


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