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Launch of the 2020 Skin Cancer Visions

The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund was delighted to attend the launch of the 2020 Skin Cancer Visions on Wednesday 15th July in the House of Commons. The 2020 Skin Cancer Visions is a new manifesto from the Melanoma Taskforce which sets out how skin cancer care and services should evolve over the next five years to provide the best results for patients. The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund was able to speak to many MPs and raise awareness of the pressing need to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.

Malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is one of the top ten cancers in the UK for both men and women and over the last 25 years, rates of melanoma have risen faster than any of the other cancers in this group.

The Melanoma Taskforce is a group of experts in skin cancer, chaired by Pauline Latham MP, which meets in Westminster to discuss ways to improve the services used by patients. It includes patient groups, leading clinicians and experts from the NHS. The 2020 Skin Cancer Visions has identified a number of challenges and opportunities for skin cancer patients, including:

  • The need for a national prevention campaign for skin cancer, including the importance of Sun Safety.
  • Ensuring there is adequate funding and support for Skin Cancer Nurse Specialists.
  • Making sure exciting new advances in skin cancer treatment are made available to patients as soon as possible.

There have been a number of advances in skin cancer treatment in recent years, particularly in advanced melanoma, and it is essential that the NHS uses the next five years to improve patient care. Improving prevention and early diagnosis efforts now will be essential to stop skin cancers developing later.

Michelle Baker of the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund said: I was delighted to attend the launch of the 2020 Skin Cancer Visions. This is an important new report which shows how far we have come in treating skin cancers but how far we have to go to make sure patient care is as good as it can possibly be. With rates of malignant melanoma rising fast, the NHS must act now to improve skin cancer services.

Notes to Editors

  1. The 2020 Skin Cancer Visions report was launched in the House of Commons on Wednesday 15th July at an event hosted by Pauline Latham MP. The 2020 Visions are a set of aims for how skin cancer services can improve and evolve over the next five years.
  2. The Melanoma Taskforce is a group of skin cancer experts from across the care pathway, including patient groups and charities, surgeons, oncologists, GPs and other experts.
  3. Pauline Latham OBE is the Member of Parliament for Mid Derbyshire and chairs the Melanoma Taskforce.
  4. On Twitter: #SkinCancerVisions

Posted in News July 2015

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