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Skin Cancer: Health Education

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 81514, tabled on 28 August 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference Melanoma UK's report entitled, State of the Nation: Non Melanoma Skin Cancer, published in March 2020, what steps he is taking to increase public awareness of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Answered on

21 September 2020

Public Health England (PHE) supports Melanoma UK’s ambition to increase awareness of non-melanoma skin cancer.

PHE ran a regional Be Clear on Cancer campaign in 2014 to raise awareness of the signs of skin cancer aimed at people aged 50 and over, the age group most likely to be diagnosed with the most serious form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma.

The Be Clear on Cancer campaigns are designed to improve rates of early diagnosis of cancer by raising the public’s awareness of specific cancer symptoms and encouraging people with those symptoms to go to the doctor promptly. The Be Clear on Skin Cancer advertising resources are available on the PHE Campaign Resource Centre, to a range of partners including the National Health Service, charities and local authorities for their continued use where needed. The Be Clear on Cancer Resources can be accessed at the following link:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/16-be-clear-on-cancer/resources

PHE also provides advice to other Government departments, such as the Health and Safety Executive, on sun safety to help develop their policies.