Know your skin: Be smart about skin cancer 

More people die of melanoma per year in the UK than in Australia. Yet 86% of cases of melanoma are preventable and increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. There are now more than 16,700 new cases each year in the UK.  

We want to encourage everyone to be sun-safe and to find out more about sunscreens and skin safety, click here. We are encouraging anyone who has noticed changes in their moles or lesions to contact their GP.  Many of these moles or lesions do NOT end up being anything serious, however, it is always important to be diagnosed early as early stage melanomas are generally curable.

Download our Skin Check Leaflet

Download our sun safety information

How you can support our awareness:

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Learn the Signs of Melanoma Skin Cancer:

The two most common signs of melanoma skin cancer are:

  • The appearance of a new mole or lesion on your body
  • A change in an existing mole or lesion (such as a change in shape, colour bleeding or itching).

Learn how Melanoma is Diagnosed:


Initially you might be asked to take a picture of the area to send to your GP. This may be sent through a secure messaging system to a specialist dermatology team for review.

If there are any concerns that a skin lesion or mole appears suspicious you will be referred to a specialist dermatologist who will examine your skin. For further information on how melanoma is diagnosed, click the button below:

More information


Join the VATBurn Campaign:

Burn VAT, not your skin.


1 in 10 people aren’t wearing sunscreen at all because it is too expensive.

We know that sunscreen is an essential healthcare item and can save lives, however, it is classed as a luxury item and VAT is added to the cost making  it too expensive for many people.  We’re joining with charities, cross-party politicians, patients and clinicians to ask the Government to remove VAT from factor 30+ sunscreen to make it more affordable to everyone and reduce cases of melanoma skin cancer. We need your help!

Write to your MP to ask them to support the #VATBurn campaign.

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Why do we need an awareness month?

Melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer in females in the 20-24 age group

86% of melanoma skin cancer cases are preventable

1 in 36 males will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in their lifetime

Melanoma skin cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in females in the 15-44 age group

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer

1 in 47 females will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in their lifetime

Patient Stories

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