High-street pharmacy Superdrug has launched mole clinics at three London branches and could roll out the scheme across the UK if it proves successful.
The clinics will operate at branches on London’s Oxford Street, High Holborn and The Strand on a rotation basis, with consultations costing £45 for one mole and £15 for each additional mole examined.
Booked appointments will run from 9am to 6pm. The branch at 213 Oxford Street will open on Fridays and Saturdays, at 232 High Holborn on Mondays and Tuesdays, and at 50 The Strand on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The move is part of the Superdrug and Institute of Cancer Research Skin Awareness for Everyone (Safe) campaign, which is lobbying the government to abolish VAT on sunscreen. The campaign says this will help protect adults and children.
Superdrug Director Jeff Wemyss said: ‘We have had thousands of signatures of support on our on-line sun tax petition, over 60 MPs have signed the EDM in support of the campaign and we have had loads of letters of support from MPs.’
A spokesman for the Treasury said: ‘All taxes are kept under review and changes are made by the Chancellor as part of the budget process.
‘The government continues to work in a range of ways to tackle the risk of skin cancer, for example by undertaking work in partnership with cancer charities such as Cancer Research UK.’