Skin Cancer: Health Education

Health written question – answered on 12th June 2009.

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Photo of Bruce George Bruce George Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to increase levels of public awareness of skin cancer.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health

SunSmart is the national skin cancer and sun protection campaign and is run by Cancer Research UK on behalf of the UK Health Departments. The 2009 campaign highlights the rising rate of skin cancer, focuses on teenagers and young people, and aims to raise public awareness of the dangers of sunbeds and sunburn. It offers practical information on protecting the skin in the sun. As well as engaging with the media to promote skin cancer prevention, the SunSmart website

www.info.cancerresearchuk.org/healthyliving/sunsmart/ provides information and advice and downloadable resources on the risks to health of sunbeds and sunburn. The campaign has also created interventions to reach young people through social networking sites.

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