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Skin cancer awareness campaign kicks off in Welsh pharmacies today

Community pharmacies in Wales will be displaying posters and offering advice about reducing the risk of developing skin cancer during a campaign that starts today (1 May 2014).

A poster has been produced that helps patients identify the early signs of skin cancer and when to get a suspicious mole checked. Pharmacists can also offer people a sun-safety questionnaire to help identify those whose actions put them at increased risk of developing skin cancer.

“There is so much we can do to save lives by getting the message across that detecting cancer early has a huge impact on people’s chances of survival,” said Andrew Evans, principal pharmacist for Public Health Wales. “We can meet face-to-face with people who are visiting their pharmacist to get ready for the summer sun — especially people who are displaying high-risk behaviour by wearing low-factor sunscreen or staying out in the midday sun.”

Community Pharmacy Wales spokeswoman Mari James told PJ Online that the two-sided questionnaire was intended to facilitate a structured discussion between pharmacists and the public about how to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.

The “Here comes the sun” campaign, a joint initiative between Public Health Wales, Community Pharmacy Wales and the cancer charity Tenovus, is the second of three public health campaigns to be run in Welsh community pharmacies this year. 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11137991

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