Last week Teresa lent her support to a new campaign launched in Parliament by the Melanoma Taskforce and British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) to help well-being, hair and beauty professionals spot the signs of skin cancer in the clients.
Skin cancer kills more than 2,500 people in the UK every year and its most deadly form, malignant melanoma, is now the second most common cancer among young people in the UK. In an effort to improve awareness and early detection of the disease, the Taskforce and BAD have produced ‘Mole and Skin Check Guidelines’ to educate hairdressers, masseurs, therapists and other well-being professionals to spot the signs of skin cancer.
Teresa is encouraging salons across Erith and Thamesmead to use the new guidelines which will help improve the early detection of skin cancer. Over 40,000 copies of the leaflet will be distributed to hair and beauty salons across the country. The guidelines are also available for download from the British Association of Dermatologists’ website at: www.bad.org.uk/melanoma-taskforce
“Now that the weather is heating up people need to be aware of the dangers of skin cancer and do all they can to protect their skin with hats and sunscreen. But sometimes it’s not always easy to spot the early signs of skin cancer on yourself and this is where hair and beauty professionals can step in.
“These new guidelines to help hair and beauty professionals spot signs of skin cancer is a big step forward in improving the early detection of skin cancer. I’m really pleased that leaflets will be distributed to salons throughout the country and I encourage salon-owners in Erith and Thamesmead to read through the new guidelines and distribute copies to their staff. I believe it is vital that we do everything we can to ensure that people recognise the signs of skin cancer.”