The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) is currently considering putting together a Skin Cancer Memorial campaign and the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund has been invited to a round table meeting with the other charities to discuss potential ideas. Says Johnathon Major, the Campaigns Officer at BAD:
“As many of you will be aware, skin cancer rates in the UK are rising faster than any other form of cancer, having quadrupled in the past thirty years. Every day 35 people in Britain are diagnosed with the disease, two of which being young people aged between 15-34. Whilst organisations such as the BAD are leading the fight in prevention and treatment, skin cancer is still proving to be fatal; 6 people in the UK die every day from the disease.
In light of this, it is important to remember just how serious a condition skin cancer is. In the States, leading charities have established memorial days to remember those who have lost their lives and unify those who still continue to fight against the disease.
On the 3rd of December the British Association of Dermatologists will be hosting a meeting with fellow skin cancer charities to discuss a memorial campaign for skin cancer victims and their families in the UK.
The amount of lives in the UK being touched by skin cancer is ever growing. Whilst we are doing all we can in promoting the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease we feel that it is equally important to provide a form of recognition and support for victims and their loved ones. In a few weeks’ time we are hoping to have taken the first steps towards implementing such a campaign in the UK and welcome any and all who are interested to join us.
Any organisation that would like to take part in the campaign is welcome to contact the BAD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be there and will report back!