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Melanoma is the rarest, but most serious form of skin cancer as it is more likely to spread than other type.

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Dermatology (Skin conditions)

Melanoma Screening Clinic

Early detection is the key to successful treatment of melanoma - or skin cancer.  


The Melanoma Screening Clinic at the RVI provides specialist clinic for patients whose GP wishes to rule out the possibility of a suspicious mole or other skin lesion being a skin cancer. 


The clinic has been run for over 10 years now and is consultant-led together with several other doctors. We see around 3,000 patients per year, approximately 200 of whom will be diagnosed with a malignant melanoma.  

Specialist screening

The service is available to both adults and children and clinics are held every Thursday afternoon at the RVI's Dermatology Outpatient Department.


If your mole is considered suspicious, it is removed immediately and the consultant will discuss the test results with you the following week. If the mole is benign (non-cancerous), you know immediately and can go home reassured.


If the mole is found to be malignant (cancerous), further tests or investigations may be required and the options available will be discussed so that you can make an informed choice on what to do next.

See your GP for a Choose and Book appointment

To be seen in the clinic, you must have first been seen by your GP. Your GP should book you an appointment into our clinic within two weeks of seeing them via the e-Referral system.

More information

For further details about melanoma skin cancer screening, please contact:

  • tel: 0191 282 4485
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