SKIN CANCER IS THE MOST
COMMON CANCER IN THE UK

Skin cancer kills more people in the UK than
Australia - the UV capital of the world!

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RATES OF SKIN CANCER ARE RISING
FASTER THAN ANY OTHER CANCER

and it is now one of the biggest cancer
killers in the 15-34 age group!

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ALMOST ALL SKIN CANCERS ARE
CAUSED BY OVER EXPOSURE TO UV

That mean's that almost all skin cancers are
preventable by being sun savvy...

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Lady giving a toddler a piggy back in the sun

LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN
AND STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

At Skcin we are dedicated to preventing
skin cancer through education...

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Lady giving a toddler a piggy back in the sun

SUN SAFE SCHOOLS
AND SUN SAFE NURSERIES

Skcin have developed national, annual
accreditation schemes to educate children
on the importance of sun safety...

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George the Sun Safe Superstar courtesy of AXA PPP

GEORGE COMES TO LIFE IN OUR
ANIMATED CHILDREN'S STORY

View the animated version of 'George the
Sun Safe Superstar', courtesy of AXA PPP
Healthcare, in partnership with Skcin...

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SKCIN HAVE PARTNERED
WITH VIRGIN HOLIDAYS

Promoting sun safety to holiday makers
and active tan seekers to educate a difficult
‘at risk’ group all year round...

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SUN SAFE WORKPLACES

National accreditation scheme developed
by Skcin to educate outdoor workers and
their employees about the importance
of sun safety in the workplace...

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SUN SAFETY & SPORT
ENGLAND GOLF CAMPAIGN

Promoting awareness and sun safety
across the English Golf Union’s
3.4 million regular golfers...

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Skin Cancer - Facts, Prevention & Detection

ALMOST ALL SKIN CANCERS ARE CAUSED BY OVER-EXPOSURE TO
ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION (UVR) FROM THE SUN AND/OR SUNBEDS.
ALL SKIN TYPES CAN BE DAMAGED BY EXPOSURE TO UVR. DAMAGE
IS PERMANENT, IRREVERSIBLE AND INCREASES WITH EACH EXPOSURE.

  • Skin cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer
  • Malignant melanoma is one of the most common cancers in
    young adults (aged 15-34) in the UK
  • More people die from skin cancer in the UK than Australia
  • Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure
    to the sun and/or sunbeds, making the majority of all skin
    cancers preventable with sun safety measures.
Skin Cancer Prevention Top Tips
Skin Cancer Prevention Top Tips
Look after your skin and follow
the golden rules of sun safety
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Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
Learn how to check your skin and
what you should be looking for...
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Solar UV Radiation - The Facts
Solar UV Radiation - The Facts
Know your UVA from UVB - learn
how UVR can cause skin cancer
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Sun Safety for Children & Babies
Sun Safety for Children & Babies
A child’s delicate skin can easily
burn - learn how to protect them
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Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Download all you need to
know in one handy little book
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Sunbeds Can Cause Melanoma!
Sunbeds Can Cause Melanoma!
Sunbeds are not safe - fact! Find
out the truth and misconceptions
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Sunburn And Skin Cancer
Sunburn And Skin Cancer
Find out what happens when we
burn and why it’s important not to
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The Vitamin D Debate
The Vitamin D Debate
Uncertain about Vitamin D and
how much sun we need?
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Sun Safe Schools
Sun Safe Schools
National primary school accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach children and assist schools and parents on the importance of sun safety
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Sun Safe Nurseries
Sun Safe Nurseries
National pre-school accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach children and assist settings and parents on the importance of sun safety
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Sun Safe Workplaces
Sun Safe Workplaces
National workplace accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach outdoor workers and employers the importance of sun safety
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Virgin Holidays
Virgin Holidays
Skcin have partnered with Virgin Holidays to target the most difficult ‘at risk’ group of holiday makers and active tan seekers for all year round awareness
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The UV Forecast in:

  • The UV index is a 5 category solar UV forecast provided by the Met Office in the UK.
  • The higher the number the stronger the UVR and the less time it takes damage to occur
  • When the UV index is at 3
    and above, sun protection
    measures should be taken
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Skcin News

Young Brits Disregard Skin Cancer Risks at Home

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Skcin Attend Sun Safe Assembly with MP Alistair Burt at Raynsford CofE Academy in Henlow

Skcin Attend Sun Safe Assembly with MP Alistair Burt at Raynsford CofE Academy in Henlow On Friday 18th July Skcin had ...


Actinica Lotion® offers new hope for patients at high risk of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

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Virgin Hols Sun Sheriffs

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Skcin & AXA PPP Healthcare

We’ve teamed up with AXA PPP Healthcare to launch an innovative campaign about the sun.  Our campaign aims to bri...

In The Media

Painkillers 'cut skin cancer risk'

Regularly taking painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer, research ...

News digest – breast cancer conference, political announcements, heavy metal ‘blood test’ and more

Science blog There’s a big breast cancer conference happening in the US – the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium...

Approval close for new skin cancer drug

A new medication for the treatment of melanoma, called dabrafenib, (Tafinla), should be widely available for NHS use in ...

Centre researchers identify a new genetic risk factor for melanoma

Centre researchers have led an international collaboration to examine the role of chromosomal telomere length in melanom...

Sunscreen not enough to protect against skin cancer

Sunscreen alone may not be enough to protect against skin cancer, say scientists...

Knowing your skin – sun, lifestyle and skin cancer risk

Centre researcher Professor Julia Newton Bishop has joined forces with textile artist Gabrielle Miller on an innovative ...

Centre researchers’ excellence recognised

Professors Julia Newton-Bishop and Phil Quirke have been recognised for their contribution to the advancement of med...

Sun exposure: skin cancer is not the whole story

Too little exposure to the sun may be as bad as too much, according to a 10-year study of Swedish women....

Melanoma rates rising since the 70s

The rates of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma are five times higher than in the 1970s, although survival from t...

Genetic mutations can warn of skin cancer risk

Mutations in a specific gene are responsible for a hereditary form of skin cancer...

Restrictions applied to skin cancer drug

Ipilimumab, a skin cancer medication should not be given to patients as a first-line treatment, the NHS treatments regul...

Vinnie Jones has skin cancer

Vinnie Jones has revealed he has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer....

New skin cancer drug vismodegib (Erivedge)

A new drug treatment is available for people with severe basal-cell carcinoma skin cancer. Before regulators licensed vi...

Skin cancer: 8 in 10 now survive

More than 8 out of 10 people diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, will now survive...

Skin cancer and lower risk of Alzheimer's disease

People who have non-melanoma skin cancer may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research ...

NHS approving 'breakthrough' skin cancer drugs

Two new skin cancer treatments, ipilimumab (Yervoy) and vemurafenib (Zelboraf), are to be approved for NHS funding in En...

Women ignoring sun protection advice

Nearly one in four women won't be using sunscreen on holidays abroad this year, increasing their risk of skin cancer, ac...

Sunbed warning after skin cancer rise

Latest figures show a steep rise in the number of cases of skin cancer in Scotland, with sunbed use blamed for contribut...

Skin cancer drug rejected

NICE issues draft guidance rejecting ipilimumab (Yervoy) as too expensive for NHS use...

Decision next year on skin cancer drug

A decision on whether to approve ipilimumab (Yervoy) for use in the NHS is expected early next year...

UK schools need 'sun safety policy'

Schools should draw up sun safety codes and teach children abou the dangers of skin cancer as a result of too much sun, ...

UK advice on sun screen strength is 'too low'

Editorial in the BMJ's Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin says NICE needs to rethink its advice on sunscreen...

Skin cancer light therapy rejected

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is to reject a high tech ‘sticking plaster’, used t...

Skin cancer: Over 65s spot signs ‘too late’

Cancer charity says older people are spotting the signs of skin cancer too late to ensure effective treatment...

Study: Low vitamin D levels a problem for some skin cancer patients

Protecting your skin from the sun to help prevent skin cancer may have an unhealthy side effect: vitamin D deficiency....

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