Sunday, 7 May 2017



At Skcin, Sun Awareness isn’t just our focus for 1 week of the year, as the UK’s only national charity dedicated to the prevention and early detection of skin cancer - it’s our focus every week of the year. However, as the warmer weather arrives, this week provides a welcomed boost for the awareness of skin cancer prevention, representing the perfect kick-start to boosting participation in our Sun Safe Schools national accreditation scheme.

Developed by Skcin - the Sun Safe Schools National Accreditation Scheme is the UK’s most comprehensive FREE resource, to assist primary schools in; implementing a suitable sun safety policy, communicating with parents to gain support and raise awareness within the wider school community, and educating pupils on the importance of sun safety, to influence behaviour and ultimately, save lives.

The initiative is making a huge impact. With over 2,600 primary and pre-schools registered across the UK including over 100 schools from 18 different countries globally, our comprehensive resources are being used to educate in the region of 400,000 children… and their families.

At Skcin, we have invested a great deal of time and energy into this project as we truly believe this is currently the best resource available to combat over 86% of the UK’s most common cancers and 4 out of 5 melanoma deaths. By educating our future generations to influence behaviour for a positive sun safe future, we can make a huge difference.

UV awareness and skin cancer have always been regarded as a public health issue and not an educational one. The fact is that they are inextricably linked  - the Sun Safe Schools national accreditation scheme bridges the gap between these two governmental departments to provide a service that in the long-term will not only create huge health cost savings, but most importantly save many lives.

With only a short window of opportunity to engage schools to complete their accreditation before the end of the academic year, we are already working with various councils, PHSE co-ordinators and organisations. Armed with our fantastic new website, enhanced resources and a network of dedicated Ambassador’s from around the UK, we are looking forward to welcoming more schools on-board to take advantage of the comprehensive range of FREE resources available.

In addition, during Sun Awareness week and indeed throughout Spring, Summer and all year round, Skcin will continue to produce, promote and distribute our extensive range of prevention and early detection material across the UK. With demand for our material at an all-time high, sending out hundreds of thousands of units nationwide including; booklets, posters, leaflets, mole rulers, children’s activity packs, schools packs, books, games and much more… we have been busy developing and replenishing stocks to fulfill requests.

Our Sun Safe Workplaces national accreditation scheme is also high on the agenda. With the warmer weather arriving and sun safety now recognised as a serious health and safety issue in the workplace, the scheme provides employers of outdoor workers with the UK’s most comprehensive free resource to assist them in developing a suitable sun safety policy and educating their employees on the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection.

Having, only weeks ago, launched our national Ambassador Network with a 2 day workshop event kindly supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Skcin are also delighted to be welcoming more Ambassadors to our expanding team of dedicated supporters and are looking forward to working with our amazing team throughout 2017 and beyond.

WATCH THIS SPACE: Throughout Sun Awareness Week and Melanoma May, Skcin will be sharing prevention and early detection messaging every day across our social media network campaign ‘USE YOUR LOAF!’and will keep you up-to-date with our full line up of activities and events…

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Workplaces can register for free at: www

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