Health: Skin

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th June 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin of November 2008.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Government are taking forward a range of work relevant to the recommendations in the report. For example:

the implementation of the Improving Outcomes Guidance on skin cancer will mean that most surgery will be carried out only by those who have received approved training and specialist skin cancer multi-disciplinary teams should play a lead role in training and teaching other health professionals about skin cancer;the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is planning to provide guidelines on skin cancer prevention later this year; andthe Cancer Reform Strategy (2007) also made commitments to increase the funding available for awareness programmes. The Department of Health and the National Cancer Action Team has a range of work underway to promote skin cancer prevention and awareness, including the funding of the CRUK SunSmart campaign and pilot projects at local level.

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