It’s not widely known that skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland – but it is easy,
painless and wise to have your skin checked out professionally.
Should I worry about skin cancer?
You should certainly be aware that skin cancer is the most common cancer here in Ireland, with over 13 000 new cases diagnosed each year. This is why we encourage our patients to take note of any new or changing skin lesions and not to ignore any skin spots. We also recommend that all adult patients consider having annual skin checks. If in doubt, check it out!
All of our GPs are trained to recognise sinister skin lesions, and will arrange removal or referral
to a dermatology colleague if necessary. A dedicated consultation should be booked in order to
perform a comprehensive skin check.
In addition, please be "sun smart”: wear sunscreen even on cloudy days, wear appropriate clothing like a sunhat and sunglasses, and definitely avoid sun beds. Further advice on skin cancer and skin protection can be found at http://www.cancer.ie/reduce-your-risk/sunsmart
Skin cancer specialist at Ennis Road, Limerick
Having worked as a GP in Australia for five years, Dr. Simon O'Connell has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer. He completed postgraduate training and holds a Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine from the University of Queensland, and is trained in the use of the dermatoscope for more accurate skin cancer detection.
He is able to biopsy, treat and remove a number of skin lesions, and will arrange assessment
and further treatment by a specialist if necessary.