Skin Malignancy

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Trudie Young has published a new article on "Caring for patients with malignant and end-of-life wounds". Please click here for a copy. It is also available on the Wounds UK website.

Angiosarcoma


Angiosarcoma is a cancer of the inner lining of blood vessels, and it can occur in any area of the body. The disease most commonly occurs in the skin, breast, liver, spleen, and deep tissue. 

Angiosarcoma of the skin, or cutaneous angiosarcoma, makes up the majority of angiosarcoma cases, and it is usually found on the scalp and face. Angiosarcoma that appears underneath the surface of the skin is called subcutaneous angiosarcoma. 

Approximately 25% of angiosarcomas are found in deep tissue, and around 8% are found in breast tissue. 

​More information is available on the Sarcoma UK website. The link is available here.

Melanoma (Skin Cancer)


The most common sign of melanoma is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. This can occur anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas are the back in men and the legs in women. Melanomas are uncommon in areas which are protected from sun exposure, such as the buttocks and the scalp.

In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than one colour. The mole may also be larger than normal and can sometimes be itchy or bleed. Look out for a mole which changes progressively in shape, size and/or colour.

​More information is available from the NHS Conditions website.
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