Ambassador to Skcin and Accreditation with MASCED
We are excited to announce that not only have all the staff at Aesthetics Inc. now become accredited with MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) but Charlotte has now also become an Ambassador to the National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Charity, Skcin.
This is a fantastic opportunity to reach more young people to educate them about the dangers of not protecting our skin from UV rays. Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to UV radiation from the sun and/or sunbeds – that means that the majority of all skin cancers are preventable by undertaking simple sun safety measures.
Everything we will be doing with Skcin is aimed at educating and raising awareness on the subject of sun safety and the early detection of skin cancers in order to save lives. We are particularly keen to work with ‘at risk groups’, (those that are particularly susceptible to the dangers of over exposure to UV by the nature of the activities they carry out) and with children where we can see the greatest impact being achievable.
Sun Safe Schools is the first and only accreditation scheme of its kind to launch in the UK with the key objective to prevent skin cancer through education. Sun Safe Schools is a national, annual accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to educate children on the importance of sun safety. The scheme also assists primary schools in implementing a suitable sun safe policy and promoting the reinforcement of sun safety at home.
Sun Safe Nurseries is the sister scheme of Sun Safe Schools that has been specifically developed by Skcin to introduce key sun safety messaging through song, book and basic activities that will help prepare pre-school children in understanding the importance of sun safety. The scheme has proved hugely popular with very positive feedback from pre-school settings who believe that even children of pre-school age are grasping and understanding the ideas presented.
We will be approaching Nurseries and Primary Schools on the Wirral to invite them to become accredited with Sun Safe Schools and Nurseries. We will be speaking to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and Nursery Children in assemblies and in class to educate them with the aim of bringing down the statistics that we are facing today of the incidents of Skin Cancer in our young people.
Skin Cancer – The Problem.
Rates of skin cancer are increasing faster than any other cancer in the UK, with figures doubling every 10-20 years. More than 12,000 cases of Melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease are diagnosed every year in the UK and over 2,000 will die from the disease this year alone!
Skin Cancer – The Facts:
- Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.
- More people die from skin cancer in the UK than in Australia.
- Melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, is now one of the most common cancers in young adults aged 15-34 in the UK.
- Over the last twenty-five years, rates of Melanoma in Britain have risen faster than any other common cancer.
- Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun and/or sun beds
- 7 people currently die each day as a result of skin cancer in the UK!
- Approximately 12,800 (35 people per day) were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in
2010 in the UK.
- Malignant melanoma is almost twice as common in young women (up to age 34) as in young men, but more men die from it.
- Worldwide, an estimated 200,000 people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2008.
- Over 99,500 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer were registered in 2010 in the UK.
- Like most cancers, skin cancer is more common with increasing age, but malignant melanoma is disproportionately high in younger people. More than one-third of all cases of malignant melanoma occur in people aged under 55.
We already have a scheme at Aesthetics Inc where we give our clients a voucher for a free Spray Tan if they are sunbed users and we buy in samples of Heliocare SPF creams to give out to clients and members of the public whilst trying to educate on the dangers of Skin Cancers.