Wednesday, 10 January 2018





A great start to 2018 with positive news from Skcin - UKs dedicated Melanoma and Skin Cancer Charity
 Skcin are very proud and excited to announce that we have been invited to attend Professional Beauty London, the UK’s largest beauty and spa trade show, to speak about the launch of our ground-breaking campaign, MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) a free, national, educational accreditation programme for hair, health and beauty industry professionals.
We are delighted that Professional Beauty recognise that melanoma and skin cancer awareness and prevention is vitally important and that early detection is a lifesaving area of training for beauty industry professionals. This event will be the perfect arena to raise awareness of the unique training we offer to our target audience with this dedicated educational intervention initiative.
It literally can save lives. Around 86% of melanoma are caused by over exposure to UV, killing around 7 people per day in the UK. Prevention and education are key to stopping this terrible disease in its tracks and early detection vital to improve prognosis and save lives.
If you are a professional working in the hair, health or beauty industry sector, Skcin would love to meet you and work with you and your business to help save lives through early detection - demonstrating first class customer care to your clients.
If you have not already done so, please register for our FREE online training at www.masced.uk
A huge thank you to all of you who have already registered. We have been overwhelmed with the support and interest already received as we look forward to launching the programme later this month.
If you would like to attend the London show, meet the Skcin team in person and hear our talk you can register here: https://registration.n200.com/survey/3njgxhgn3h7vy?actioncode=NTWO000552NEQ

Happy New Year to all our fabulous supporters and future accredited professionals!
The Skcin Team.




Tuesday, 5 December 2017





Skcin launches MASCED the UK’s first online melanoma and skin cancer education programme with hair, health and health industry


Charity calls for professionals to receive Melanoma and Skin Cancer early detection Education with MASCED accreditation program


Skin cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer. Melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease is now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds. Experts estimate that by 2024, melanoma will become one of the most common forms of all major cancers. If caught early, there is an excellent chance of survival, yet people often don’t know what to look for and how to spot the early signs and symptoms. 

Skcin, the country’s leading prevention and awareness skin cancer charity, is launching the UK’s first online accreditation aimed at the hair, health and beauty industryAs pioneers in educational intervention, this will be the charity’s fourth national accreditation scheme.

More than a quarter of a million people are employed across the hair, health and beauty industry sector and see clients up-close on a regular basis. These professionals have the opportunity to observe changes that may occur on their clients skin, particularly in areas that clients may not be able to see themselves and this puts them in a powerful position. By taking the time to swot up on skin surveillance and learn how to identify suspicious lesions, these professionals could detect the early signs of skin cancer and advise their client to take action. This could prevent disfigurement through surgery and in the case of spotting melanoma early, save lives.

Launching in January 2018, Skcin is calling for organisations and individuals to register their interest online at WWW.MASCED.UK to take part in the accreditation scheme and receive the easy to access online training.  They will receive FREE information and expert training through the MASCED programme on how to encourage their clients to be skin aware, good skin safety practices, what changes to look for in their client’s skin and referral advice.

Dr.Nyla Cosmetic Dermatology Doctor and founder of Medispa in Wilmslow said: “Therapists are in a privileged position seeing their clients skin close up on a regular basis. I support Skcin and MASCED.UK and know this unique programme can save lives through early detection.”

Toni & Guy in Wilmslow have registered.  Becky Kuk Owner, said: “We are delighted to be part of this innovative programme.  It makes such sense.  Hairdressers are in a perfectly placed to see their clients scalps and to advice on any unusual marks they may see”

Harris & Ross physiotherapists also registered with the programme, Jeff Ross (clinic director) said: “We treat all kinds of injuries and complaints, which means we often work on parts of the body which are difficult to monitor such as backs, necks and shoulders. Being able to refer our patients when we spot something we believe needs attention is a fantastic initiative and one we are so pleased to be involved with.”

Beauty Boutique, in Alderley Edge was one of the first beauticians to register.  Jenny Quarrell and Jenny Lennard, co-owners said “We feel this programme enables us to give our clients the best advice on the overall care for their skin.  This is a welcome extension of the advice we give.”

Claire Dale, Campaign Manager at Skcin said: “I am passionate about early detection and awareness after losing my Mum to this deadly disease. If MASCED had been around when my Mum was visiting her beautician and hairdresser regularly maybe her melanoma could have been detected early. My goal is to make MASCED to be a standard part of training for health and beauty professionals”

Marie Tudor said: “This programme fits with the Government’s 2020 Skin Cancer Vision which looks to make positive steps in combating skin cancer.  One vital issue that has been identified is how to improve the early detection of melanoma.   I believe our MASCED accreditation programme will make a huge difference and is positive addition to our portfolio of existing educational intervention schemes and resources.



To find out more about the programme visit MASCED.UK or contact: claire.dale@skcin.org



About Skcin

Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer Charity set up in 2006 in memory of Karen Clifford.  Dedicated for over 10 years to the prevention and early detection of all types of skin cancer through their bespoke and diverse national accreditation campaigns.



·         Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Britain

·         Melanoma is now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds.

·         Disproportionate numbers of younger people are affected.

·         Advanced melanoma is very difficult to treat.

·         Early detection of melanoma is vital to improve prognosis

·         In 2016 13,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancers were diagnosed in the UK.

·         In 2016 over 2,000 people died of melanoma.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Queens Park School completes Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Queens Park School in London have completed Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.

“We used these plans to deliver one off sessions throughout the school we used the story in the same manner you might employ a social story for younger child in eyfs we will use these every spring summer term excellent resources thank you

(Stella Wilson - Queens Park School) 16th November 2017

Queens Park School completes Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Lesson Plan

Skcin are pleased to announce that Queens Park School in London have completed Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by reading the book 'George the sun safe superstar' to each class and completing the linked lesson plan and work / activity sheets provided.

“We used these plans to deliver one off sessions throughout the school we used the story in the same manner you might employ a social story for younger child in eyfs we will use these every spring summer term excellent resources thank you

(Stella Wilson - Queens Park School) 16th November 2017

Queens Park School completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Communication With Parents

Skcin are pleased to announce that Queens Park School in London have completed Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by sending home with each child: a copy of their Sun Safety Policy, a letter about the scheme and Sun Safety Information.

“We used the resources to create better awareness by handing out booklet and creating a parents display in our school office we used the hydration guidelines to advise active travellers on our tfl projects and implemented a shorter sports day in response to guidelines set in july

(Stella Wilson - Queens Park School) 16th November 2017

Queens Park School completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Sun Safety Policy

Skcin are pleased to announce that Queens Park School in London have completed Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe School by creating a Sun Safety Policy using our easy, online policy maker.

“This was extremely useful and great for creating an updated version of our school sun policy. I would really recommend this resource.

(Stella Wilson - Queens Park School) 16th November 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017




SUN SAFE SCHOOLS LAUNCH SHADE PROJECT



The provision of shade plays an important part of a schools obligation to provide a sun safe environment for their pupils. As part of our Sun Safe Schools national accreditation scheme, Skcin have worked closely with thousands of primary and pre-schools on all aspects of sun safety and have launched the Sun Safe Schools Shade Project with our Shade Partner UVR, to help provide accessible and cost effective shade solutions.



Children spend a great deal of time outdoors at schools and/or pre-school during the Summer months, often when UV penetration is at it’s peak (between 11am and 3pm) and the provision of shade is a key element of the five S’s of Sun Safety we teach our children to enjoy the sun safely.



We know from experience key challenges for schools to implement shade structures are cost and local council planning permission and with this in mind

Skcin are pleased to offer this cost effective solution that’s made to fit with posts of 2.4 metres removing in the vast majority of cases, the need for planning permission.



Discounted, high quality, accredited and hassle free, supplied and installed by one of the countries most trusted educational play equipment suppliers - Fawns and manufactured by one of the worlds leading UPF fabric manufacturers Coolaroo - Skcin are pleased to be working in association with UVR to bring these quality shade solutions to the UK market and get schools on-board with the Shade Project.



Our stylish and durable, Knitted Sail Shades give 90% UV protection. Fix to walls, trees, fences, posts with our easy attachment accessories, or use one of our Sail Shade Poles. Got a square, triangular or rectangular space? Or perhaps yours is the awkward kind, a space you’re not sure what to do with? We’ve got you covered. Our shade sails come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours to create an affordable architectural statement, but most importantly an effective shade solution.



We provide a range of sail canopies that are easy to assemble and offer excellent value for money. Our shade sails can be designed to include activities, seating and tables being added at any time to enhance the area.



50% of all net profits are donated directly to Skcin, to assist the us in the fulfilment of our national Sun Safe Schools and Nurseries accreditation schemes - developed by Skcin to assist schools and parents in working together to educate children on the importance of sun safety and prevent skin cancer.



To find out more and get in touch, please visit: sunsafeschools.co.uk/shade



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