Thursday, 2 July 2020

A unique partnership with two leading charities to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and early detection


Skcin, the UK’s leading skin cancer awareness charity is proud to announce an exciting partnership with one of the UK’s leading cancer support charities, Look Good Feel Better. Look Good Feel Better provides free confidence-boosting workshops for women, men and young adults undergoing any type of cancer treatment. These workshops are vital to support the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of people during their treatment pathways. They bring people together, providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for them to bond, share experiences and ultimately make themselves look good and feel better.



Look Good Feel Better is supported by a 3,000 strong team of volunteers from the skincare and beauty sector who help deliver the workshops nationally and Skcin is proud to be supporting volunteers with discounted training sessions on how to further their skill set by learning how to identify the early signs and symptoms of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Skcin’s  MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) accreditation programme was developed by the charity to educate hair, health and beauty industry professionals on the early detection of suspicious lesions to promote the early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and save lives. The training has been exceptionally well received by the industry with a growing army of over 13,000 professionals, spanning over 30 professions registered with the programme.

This unique partnership through combined educational intervention allows Look Good Feel Better volunteers to up-skill and provide potentially life-saving knowledge to benefit its workshop beneficiaries and their personal client base - making them powerful advocates in the fight against the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer.

In addition, Skcin will be providing ongoing skin cancer prevention and early detection training to Look Good Feel Better volunteers as part of the charity’s
induction training programme.

Marie Tudor CEO of Skcin said: "In such difficult and uncertain times, it is key smaller charities collaborate to help share and support combined objectives. We are extremely proud to be working alongside Look Good Feel Better who are perfectly placed to help us combat this devastating disease. With almost 90% of skin cancer cases preventable and skin cancer cases up 45% in the last decade, we are committed to embedding skin cancer prevention and early detection into the heart of communities nationwide and this unique partnership provides another foundation to help us achieve this.”

Sarahjane Robertson, CEO of Look Good Feel Better, adds: “Cancer does not stop, whatever other challenges we might face. Every day, people continue to be diagnosed with cancer and it is therefore vital that we all work together to tackle this head on. We are delighted to join Skcin in helping raise awareness and identify possible signs of cancer at the very earliest opportunity. We would like to encourage all our volunteers to take up the training programme to learn potentially life-saving skills.”

Monday, 22 June 2020

Kirsty Oliver is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Kirsty Oliver for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“Having had a mis diagnosis of a bcc myself I didn’t hesitate to take this course to potentially help my clients I have been a qualified chiropodist and beauty therapist for over 30 years and this knowledge will be invaluable”

Kirsty Oliver would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Gillian McKeever is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Gillian McKeever for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I am a lycon waxing specialist and intimate waxing is a huge part of my job, i see parts of clients bodies no one will see. I had a mole removed 3 weeks ago and currently awaiting results, i am extremely aware of moles on my clients now and recently detected a melanoma on my husband also. Only 2 weeks ago i found out an old friend who is only 34 also has been diagnosed with melanoma and it has spread to lymph nodes so i am actively spreading awareness on my social media.”

Gillian McKeever would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Friday, 19 June 2020

kate baker is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to kate baker for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“Thank you so much for drawing my attention to skin cancers.I am positive I will find this very useful in my work, but also in my every day life.”

kate baker would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Roberta Wright is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Roberta Wright for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“I have enjoyed the training. Something that i have gained more confidence in is how to communicate concerns. Advising the importance of a professional opinion but keeping the patient calm. Looking forward to having the tool kit to hand. A valuable training session.”

Roberta Wright would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Vici Hall is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Vici Hall for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“Really feel this will benefit me in my line of work as i’ve experienced clients that have had different types of skin cancers in my career.”

Vici Hall would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Carl Barton is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Carl Barton for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“Great knowledge and insight and easy to follow and understand. I've alerted clients to potentially concerning growths in the past and some were diagnosed as cancerous but this course has given me much more information and confidence to identify and discuss future concerns and clients. Some of the 'diagnosing' and identifying photos were ambiguous but that is the nature of these growths. Very glad i took the course. I'll be making sure all my staff take one of the courses you offer. Well done for providing this, i'm sure it'll save lives.”

Carl Barton would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Samantha Curtis-Smith is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Samantha Curtis-Smith for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“This training programme has been so valuable for my knowledge and understanding.”

Samantha Curtis-Smith would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Lucy Foster is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Lucy Foster for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“A very well put together course. Providing excellent information for those working within the health and beauty sector to enable them to advise clients to visit a professional if concerns raised. Great manual for providing simple but effective information and i look forward to receiving my pack that i can always refer back to.”

Lucy Foster would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Amanda Forth is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Amanda Forth for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I’ve enjoyed learning more as I work as a hairdresser in care homes and often notice changes in moles an lumps on people’s necks, ears and scalps and I always report any changes I notice to the team leaders , this course has helped me feel more confident about spotting and reporting changes Thank you”

Amanda Forth would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Vivienne Gallimore is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Vivienne Gallimore for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I found this course very informative and easy enough to work through. I am pleased to have done this course to raise awareness if needing to in the future for my clients.”

Vivienne Gallimore would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Lauren Nowlan is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Lauren Nowlan for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“This has been an invaluable course and i feel very confident that i would be able to appropriately raise a concern with my (dental) patients if i spotted any concerning lesions.”

Lauren Nowlan would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Monday, 1 June 2020

Nicole van Heerden is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Nicole van Heerden for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I have previously had a melanoma removed. As it was on my arm, it was easy for me to spot, but after taking this course i feel so much more confident at looking at not only my moles but also keeping an eye on clients. There was a lot of useful information in the booklet that i did not know. Thank you for this course”

Nicole van Heerden would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Kimberley Kurpanik is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Kimberley Kurpanik for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“Great informative course, also it is close to my heart as lost my best friend through melanoma cancer and would like to bring awareness especially within my profession.”

Kimberley Kurpanik would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Christina Galer is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Christina Galer for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“Really good online course. I’ve been wanting to do one for a while but never had the time. Lockdown is the perfect time for this. This was so informative and i’m pleased i may be able to help people spot early signs of skin cancer so they can get checked as soon as possible.”

Christina Galer would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Sharon McHardy is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Sharon McHardy for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“I am a massage therapist in the community with a large, diverse range of clientele. I have advised clients in the past that they should get certain lesions checked, thankfully none have been diagnosed with any skin cancers. I thought this course was extremely beneficial in helping me identify specifically what to look for and it will be invaluable as i go forward in my career. Thank you for such a comprehensive and interesting course.”

Sharon McHardy would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Amie Holder-Soares is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Amie Holder-Soares for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“Hi, thank you for the online course in melanoma and skin cancer early detection pro. As a dental hygienist/therapist and a facial aesthetics provider this is absolutely valuable information that could help save a life and also help to combat skin cancer in the u. K. We are in the prime position to raise concerns about any abnormalities of the skin. This course has given me the confidence to discuss concerns with patients/clients in a calm and professional manner without causing alarm. Kind regards, amie holder-soares. The cambridge hygienist get lippy facial aesthetics”

Amie Holder-Soares would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Laura Wakeham is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Laura Wakeham for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“This course has been very informative and will no doubt impact positively on my future practice. I certainly feel more confident to raise a concern with a patient for onward referral/investigation. Thank you”

Laura Wakeham would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Darren Bloore is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Darren Bloore for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“An informative course that wasn't just a click-through to get a cpd certificate! It's provided me with some knowledge for identifying potential problem lesions within my field of work for referral to appropriate experts, using the correct communication techniques that won't alarm the patient.”

Darren Bloore would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Julie Rhodes is MASCED PRO Certified!

Congratulations to Julie Rhodes for completing the MASCED PRO Training Programme!

“This training programme is very well presented and very accessible. The images and descriptions are clear and concise helping the pupil to develop an understanding of the different presentations of the skin lesions. I have learned so much from this programme and would now feel much more confident in referring patients for further investigation using a more detailed rationale of areas of concern. Thank you”

Julie Rhodes would recommend the MASCED PRO Training Programme to other healthcare professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Charlotte Walker is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Charlotte Walker for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I have really enjoyed studying this course topic. Excellent amount of infomation given, i cannot wait to open my beauty room doors post lockdown to observe my clients skin! Thank you.”

Charlotte Walker would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Natalie Knight is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Natalie Knight for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“I have found this e-course extremely interesting, easy to understand and very informative. I now feel confident in helping clients if i ever spot anything. I will be letting others in my profession know about this course so that we may potentially save many lives.”

Natalie Knight would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Tracey Tutty is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Tracey Tutty for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“Even after 40 years in the business, i found the course informative and useful. It has given me an easy way of disseminating crucial information to staff and clients. Thank you tracey tutty”

Tracey Tutty would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Dee Donald is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Dee Donald for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“This is an amazing course and will be a valuable tool in the salon for myselfl and my clients. It's very informative and ideal education for a beauty therapist massage therapist and nail technician like myself. So glad i've taken this course.”

Dee Donald would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Dee Donald is MASCED Accredited!

Congratulations to Dee Donald for completing the MASCED Accreditation!

“This is an amazing course and will be a valuable tool in the salon for myselfl and my clients. It's very informative and ideal education for a beauty therapist massage therapist and nail technician like myself. So glad i've taken this course.”

Dee Donald would recommend the MASCED Accreditation to other industry professionals and rates the programme 5 stars.

Friday, 1 May 2020

A Digital Revolution in Dermatology and Skin Cancer Awareness.


MySkinDoctor and the UK’s largest dermatology practice are at the forefront of a digital revolution and proud to announce an exclusive charity partnership with the UK’s leading skin cancer charity, Skcin.


The healthcare landscape is changing exponentially with far reaching implications in terms of diagnostics, treatments and delivery of care - and non more so right now than in the world of dermatology.

MySkinDoctor is a patient-led App which allows people to access dermatology services remotely without the need to visit a clinic. It was launched in January 2019 following two years of development with key stakeholders including patients, CCGs, dermatologists and software developers. Now fully approved and in use within the NHS across Southern England, MySkinDoctor allows patients to take and upload photographs of their skin condition to a team of experienced Consultant Dermatologists while at home or anywhere else convenient.

The current GP referral system into dermatology is not sustainable due to a national consultant shortage. This in turn has led to typical national waiting times in dermatology for a new patient appointment exceeding 18 weeks!

MySkinDoctor is addressing this national problem for patients across the UK by providing expert, swift and efficient triage with patients receiving a personalised care plan, including a diagnosis, information about their condition and an effective treatment plan within just three working days. Furthermore, this information is simultaneously communicated to the patient’s GP and included in patient records.




With a 100% Clinical Governance record, 100% GP satisfaction and fully GDPR compliant, MySkinDoctor is meeting current and future patient needs, whilst ensuring quality of care is not compromised and access is equitable across the UK.

As a result of its success, and in order to meet increasing demand, MySkinDoctor has now partnered with the UK’s leading skin cancer charity Skcin to launch their nation-wide Self-Pay Service.


The Self-Pay App allows anyone across the UK, regardless of their postcode, to use the service immediately without first having to wait to be referred to a dermatologist by their GP. It works in exactly the same way, providing all the same benefits. To access this instant service, patients are charged for their consultancy - £5 of which will be donated to support Skcin's vital work in preventing skin cancer and promoting early detection across the UK.

Skcin is the UK’s leading skin cancer awareness charity, formed by the family of Karen Clifford (the KC in Skcin) who passed away from melanoma in 2005. Skcin operates five national educational intervention programmes that are dedicated to raising awareness of the prevention and early detection of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Working with primary schools, pre-schools, workplaces and with hair, health and beauty industry professionals across the UK, Skcin is committed to embedding the prevention and early detection of skin cancer into the heart of communities nationwide.

Dr Bav Shergill, Consultant Dermatologist at MySkinDoctor says: “We are delighted to be supporting the  work of our charity partner, Skcin. Skin cancer is a major public health concern and cannot be underestimated. Over 210,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 16,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed annually in  the UK. Meanwhile the continued increase in cases of the disease is testing dermatology departments to their limits.

"With around 90% of all skin cancer cases PREVENTABLE and early diagnosis vital, MySkinDoctor are proud to support Skcin who are leading the way in delivering forward thinking, quality and trusted solutions to tackling the rising statistics and saving lives.

Dr Russell Emerson, Consultant Dermatologist at MySkinDoctor adds: “We approached Skcin with this unique opportunity as we were impressed by the scale, scope and national accessibility of the charity’s work. Their bespoke intervention programmes that work with key ‘at risk’ and ‘influential’ sectors, we believe are making a huge impact.

"For us, it’s a no-brainer - prevention is most certainly better than cure and the early detection of skin cancer improves prognosis and save lives. By supporting Skcin with a donation from each consultancy fee and by raising awareness of their work and key messaging amongst our patients, we can work together to combat this devastating disease.

Like MySkinDoctor, Skcin is also responsible for a digital revolution, but in skin cancer awareness, prevention and early detection. The launch of its MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) online training programmes to the hair, beauty and healthcare industries nationwide, has seen huge success, with industry professionals hailed as ‘the first line of defence’ when it comes to saving lives from the disease.

Despite the fact that skin cancer is the only cancer we can physically see developing, ignorance regarding how to spot the early signs and symptoms remains widespread. Professionals who work across these industries see their client’s skin up-close on a regular basis and often in places they can’t see themselves. By taking the time to learn about skin surveillance and how to identify suspicious lesions, these professionals are perfectly placed to detect the early signs of skin cancer and confidently signpost their clients to take action. This could prevent their clients from disfigurement through surgery and, in the case of spotting melanoma early, could even prevent their death.

Today a continually growing army of over 11,000 registered professionals, spanning more than 30 professions nationwide, have registered with the MASCED training programme. And with an estimated 275,000 professionals working across these industries, their power and scope to combat the rising incidence of skin cancer is exceptional.

Marie Tudor, CEO of Skcin said: “When it comes to the early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, providing patients with the ability to receive immediate care is essential to yield higher rates of survival. This is why we are delighted to be partnering with MySkinDoctor - our work and common goals are perfectly aligned. By combining our efforts in raising awareness of early detection and in signposting patients to access immediate care, together we can and will save many lives.

"For too long skin cancer patients have endured agonising waiting times for referrals which increases anxiety, can significantly impact mental health and result in poor prognosis. At a time when getting an appointment with a GP is becoming increasingly difficult and the misdiagnosis of skin cancers not uncommon due to lack of specialist GP training, MySkinDoctor will provide people with the ability to manage their own skin health, giving them the peace of mind they need with expert advice and an action plan within 72 hours."

With MySkinDoctor, expert advice is at your fingertips - on your mobile phone or tablet, whether at home, at work, or on the go. It offers the perfect solution for those who can’t afford to take time out of their busy schedule to visit a clinic appointment and require fast, expert advice from experienced Consultant Dermatologists.

The ease of use of the App has been key to patient uptake, resulting in positive testimonials and scoring a 4.5/5* feedback rating, which attests to patient satisfaction and enthusiasm for MySkinDoctor and its benefits.

The MySkinDoctor App is free to download with private consultations priced at £75, £5 of which is donated to Skcin to support their vital work.