A campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer amongst active sport, leisure and wellbeing professionals has been launched by the Habia Skills Academy (HSA).
The Skin Cancer Awareness campaign aims to educate sector professionals about the signs of skin cancer so that they can pass on potentially life-saving guidance, as they are ideally placed to notice skin changes and provide information on where to seek medical advice.
Skin cancer, or melanoma, is one of the fastest growing cancers amongst young people in terms of incidence, and yet can be effectively treated if caught early, dramatically improving the chances of a positive outcome.
The HSA, in collaboration with a number of organisations, including founder sponsor VTCT and campaign partner SkillsActive, is developing guidance and materials for businesses and learning providers, including:
- Leaflets from the British Association of Dermatologists and the HSA
- A smartphone app compatible with iPhone and Android
- A Learning Support Unit, to be used to teach learners about skin cancer
- A window sticker and posters.
Siân James MP, who chairs the Parliamentary Melanoma Taskforce, said:
“Professionals in the sector can play a key role in spotting the signs of skin cancer as they see peoples’ skin all the time.
“We want to take forward the guidelines the Taskforce published so that professionals in these industries can begin to make a real difference and play their part in improving outcomes for patients and saving lives.”
To download the smartphone app for iPhone and Android, go to http://www.habia.org/hsa/skincancer