Available helplines and sources of information
Use our helplines to find out more information and advice on skin cancer
NHS Choices – Skin Cancer
Melanoma, also called malignant melanoma, is a rare type of skin cancer. Melanoma is serious because the cancer can spread to other organs in the body. When cancer spreads it is known as metastasis. Melanoma can start in an existing mole but it can also develop in normal-looking skin.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Helpline: 0808 808 0000 to speak to a specialist nurse.
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan. As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. This means they need more than medical help, they also need practical, emotional and financial support.
Cancer Research UK
Call our nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040
The growth in UK incidence rates over the past twenty years is a clear indication of the need for continuing public education on how to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer and how to detect the early signs. The Sunsmart campaign includes advice on winter sun and sun beds.
The British Skin Foundation
200 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every day in the UK, and melanoma is rising faster than any other type of deadly cancer. In as many as 4 out of 5 cases, skin cancer is a preventable disease. Taking care in the sun will help to protect you from skin cancer. Comprehensive information and advice available on website about skin cancer and treatment.
The British Association of Dermatologists
Easy Guide to Checking your MolesSkin cancerSun awareness campaign
Information on Skin Cancer and information and advice on their Sun Awareness campaign, including fact sheets on sunbeds, sunscreens and safety tips.
The Mole Clinic
The MOLE Clinic™ was founded in 2003 and is the UK's leading independent skin cancer screening centre. We screen around 5,000 people each year and we regularly detect life-threatening skin cancers - almost all of which are detected early and therefore easily treated. We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission and meet all quality and safety standards. We work with major insurers, hold NHS Business Partner status and have been awarded the MacMillan's Quality Environment Mark.
Killing Cancer charity is the home for PDT Photodynamic Therapy cancer treatment. The current list of ‘approved’ treatments includes skin cancer, pre-skin cancer and such things as Bowen’s disease. It is also approved to treat Barrett’s oesophagus, lung cancer and head and neck cancers. Click here to find your nearest NHS practitioner.