This month is Skin Cancer Awareness month and we are delighted to announce our new partnership with Melanoma UK. The intention of this partnership is to raise awareness of melanoma, not only this May but throughout the course of the year and your careers, for podiatrists and foot health practitioners to identify lesions of concern, and to give guidance through information and services available to both healthcare professionals and their patients.
Melanoma UK is the leading melanoma patient support organisation in the UK who are active in their participation in health technology appraisal meetings (NICE and SMC), presenting clinically validated information on their website, authoring publications from their Melanoma UK digital registry and who have developed and regularly engage with their very own panel of medical experts.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is the 5th most common cancer in the UK. By 2025 it is projected that 19,513 people in the UK are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma and according to the World Health Organisation approximately 3,119 of these people are expected to die from melanoma that year.
As podiatrists and foot health professionals we see a 3rd of a person’s body each and every working day. It is important that we have an understanding of troublesome lesions and that we can identify those which could prove lethal to our patients. This partnership is the beginning of a journey to educate our profession, offer greater care to our patients, and an opportunity to work together to help reduce these daunting figures.
What better way to introduce you to melanoma than this highly-informative webinar on acral and subungual melanoma with Professor Christian Aldridge (Melanoma UK Medical Advisor) and Ms Kei Hutchinson (Associate lecturer In podiatry at Cardiff Uni) on Acral and Subungual Melanoma. https://www.melanomauk.org.uk/acral-and-subungual-melanoma
Together with Melanoma UK we aim to bring you further information, news and education around skin cancers and melanoma throughout the course of the year.
For more information on melanoma and the great work and resources available from Melanoma UK visit Melanoma UK