From mole change to heart bypass – Dr. Jeff answers your health questions

DR JEFF FOSTER is The Sun Sunday’s new GP and is here to help YOU.

dr Jeff, 43, divides his time between working as a GP in Leamington Spa, Warks, and running his H3 Health clinic, which is the first of its kind in the UK to deal with hormonal issues in both men and women. See

dr Jeff Foster is The Sun on Sunday's new GP and is here to help


dr Jeff Foster is The Sun on Sunday’s new GP and is here to helpRecognition:

Q) I AM a 47 year old Sales Manager and during lockdown I noticed that one of my birthmarks had changed slightly.

But I didn’t want to bother my family doctor.

But in April I cut off my head. It didn’t bleed but grew back and is now black rather than brown and has an odd texture.

I think it’s skin cancer and I’m very scared as I’m married with two young children.

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I’m so worried. What should I do?

Jack Marsh, Windsor

A) Small birthmarks and blemishes are quite common and become more common with age.

However, the most worrying skin cancer, melanoma, accounts for only four percent of all skin cancers.

Many of us who have been exposed to sun damage can develop non-cancerous skin problems like seborrheic warts, which can often be poked and bleed but are not cancerous or scary.

In general, the vast majority of the abnormal moles and skin problems we see are benign.

But we always advise that you see your doctor if a mole is bleeding, changing color or shape, itching, or if you’re just unsure.

Even if it turns out to be cancer, most are curable if caught early.

Q) I NEED to go to the hospital soon for a heart bypass.

I was told I have a leaking aortic valve.

They tried keyhole surgery, but it didn’t work.

At my age of 85, is it worth getting this done?

Aside from being out of breath climbing the stairs, I don’t feel too bad.

Your advice would be very welcome.

RF Walker, Hampshire

A) There are some principles that apply to virtually all cases of cardiothoracic surgery.

A leaky heart valve means that when the heart pumps blood around the body, not everything is properly expelled from the heart with each pump.

Most patients may not experience any symptoms in the early stages of valve disease because the heart simply has to pump a little harder to get the same amount of blood out.

However, when the valve is less effective, symptoms include ankle swelling, shortness of breath, and heart failure.

Left untreated, heart failure can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death.

Surgeons only consider cardiothoracic surgery if they believe the risks of not treating them outweigh the risks of the surgery itself. From mole change to heart bypass – Dr. Jeff answers your health questions

Sarah Y. Kim

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