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Non-melanoma skin cancer: signs, risk factors and nursing care

Nurses are an important source of support for patients with NMSC lesions because the physical and emotional impact of diagnosis and treatment can be harrowing

Nurses are an important source of support for patients with NMSC lesions because the physical and emotional impact of diagnosis and treatment can be harrowing

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and incidence is rising.

Almost 400,000 diagnoses a year are expected by 2025, says the major UK report State of the Nation: non-melanoma skin cancer published in 2021. Yet many members of the public don’t recognise it as a form of cancer and would struggle to identify its signs and symptoms.

While rarely life-threatening, many patients still face significant emotional and psychological distress – but specialist nurses can play a key role in providing expert support.

In this article we look at the

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