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Southmead Hospital to teach tattooists how to spot skin cancer

Ben Boston, Tattoo artist in Bristol Photo: ITV News

Medics are to train tattooists to help them spot the early signs of skin cancer at an event a Bristol's Southmead Hospital this evening.

Skin care experts at the hospital say they already treat people who visited their GPs after unusual marks were spotted by hairdressers and podiatrists.

Now North Bristol Trust is holding training for local tattoo artists to help them spot moles or growths on customers that could be potential melanomas.

Melanoma is the most common skin cancer in young adults and can be deadly if it is not recognised and treated early.

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Ben Boston has been making his mark on people for twenty years and has his own tattoo parlour in Bristol. His careful eye led to him to saving a customer's life after he spotted a mole had changed on their back.

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Approximately three hundred patients are diagnosed with Melanoma in North Bristol NHS Trust every year.

Having read about a study in Brazil where tattoo artists were targeted as part of an awareness campaign, a medics felt it would be worth holding an educational evening.

Tattoo artists are looking at people’s skin all day and may well spot if there is something that does not look quite right.

We hope that if we educate some of the tattoo artists locally they may be able to potentially save the lives of their customers by advising them to get checked out.

We are looking forward to meeting some tattoo artists for an interesting and informative evening.

– Macmillan Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse, Jaye Kissane

The event is being held in the Lecture Theatre of the Learning & Research building at Southmead Hospital Bristol from 7pm until 8pm on Tuesday, April 12.

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