Skin Cancer

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that strategies to (a) tackle and (b) prevent skin cancers are based on the most up to date research.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out how the National Health Service plans to improve outcomes against all cancers. The Long Term Plan was developed together with stakeholders across the health and care sector, and is based on the latest evidence.

Public Health England (PHE) is carrying out research to investigate the contribution of ultraviolet light (UV) to skin cancer in a comprehensive way, which aims to minimise the detrimental effects of UV while maximising the potential benefits of UV in vitamin D production and potentially in mitigating high blood pressure. Through public events, PHE informs the public of the risk and potential benefits of sunshine and practical measures to take to prevent skin cancer.

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