RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH EDUCATION
PROMOTING PREVENTION & EARLY DETECTION CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE
SKCIN: THE KAREN CLIFFORD SKIN CANCER CHARITY / REGISTERED CHARITY: 1150048
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Patient SupportSkin Cancer Information
Skin cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer.
It is now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds.
Solar Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) is a known carcinogen.
It cannot be seen or felt and is the primary cause of skin cancer
Sunburn is a reaction to UV radiation and is a clear sign that
you have seriously damaged your skin.
Sunbeds are not safe - FACT! UV radiation from sunbeds can
cause serious and irreparable damage and cause melanoma
Worried about Vitamin D? Know the facts and how much sun
we need to produce the required daily levels.
Our skin is our body’s largest organ that performs a variety of
vital functions - learn how UVR affects and damages our skin
All skin types can be damaged by UVR, but some skin types
and family history of skin cancer can mean you are more at risk
Patient Decision Aid
With the increasing number of treatment choices, many patients struggle to understand all the options available to them. Aided by a panel of clinicians, nurses and patient representatives, Melanoma Focus has produced a melanoma patient decision aid (PDA) to help patients navigate the melanoma care pathway. As well as providing key information on the available treatment choices, the tool is intended to improve communication between patients and their healthcare professionals, helping them participate more effectively in the decision-making processes.
The PDA can be found at: pda.melanomafocus.com
Melanoma Focus Helpline
The Melanoma Focus Helpline is a service provided by Melanoma Focus, a national charity dedicated to providing a comprehensive and authoritative source of information for public and professionals alike. This service is available to anyone in the UK who has a question about any aspect of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
The Melanoma Focus Helpline Nurses are available between 7pm and 9pm each working day, but patients can leave a message anytime and they will respond between these hours.
See below for contact details.
Supporting melanoma patients and their families
Skcin are delighted to be working in association with MelanomaMe, a counselling organisation based in Washington, Tyne and Wear, founded by Kerry Rafferty and Elaine Taylor. Both Kerry and Elaine have personal experiences of Melanoma from a patient and friends perspective. They truly understand the complexities of this diagnosis - as well as the impact it has on mental and physical health. Both Kerry and Elaine are BA Honours practitioners, who also have Foundation Degrees in counselling - as well as certificates in Hypnotherapy, NLP, Assertiveness Training, Emotional Resilience, Suicide Prevention, Mindfulness and Dementia Awareness.
MelanomaMe is supported by a team of 7 counsellors (both female and male) all highly trained in Melanoma and teh effects a diagnosis and the aftermath can have on the patients and their loved ones. Although based in Sunderland, MelanomaMe can offer services using a mutual venue throughout the Northeast.
To get in touch with MelanomaMe:
Telephone: 0191 511 1391
If you are newly diagnosed with skin cancer, have a friend or relative who has skin cancer, or just need to talk about treatment, care or anything else that is concerning you, please call the MacMillan supportline. They are available Monday to Friday (9am-8pm) for cancer support over the phone in the comfort of your own home.
MacMillan supportline FREE on 0808 808 0000
If you would like to be in touch with other people affected by melanoma to get together,
ask questions, share experiences and support each other please visit:
A Facebook page/group called Melanoma Mates, a community of Melanoma patients and their family/carers which may be of interest/use if you have been recently diagnosed.
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