Be Skin Smart This Summer

Skin Cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer. Over 210,000 cases of non-melanoma are diagnosed annually in the UK. Over 16,000 cases of melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) are diagnosed annually in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 36 males and 1 in 47 females will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime and it is one of the biggest killing cancers in the 15-34 age group.


Up to 90% of skin cancers however, are preventable by adopting simple sun safe strategies.


Skin cancer is also the only cancer we can physically see developing in its early stages and if detected, diagnosed and treated early enough, almost all cases are curable.


Learning about the risks associated with UV exposure, how to prevent skin cancer and how to spot the early signs and symptoms – saves lives.


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Make sure you regularly check your skin for new moles, or changes to existing ones. Know your ABCDEs when it comes to checking. If you notice anything unusual always contact your GP straight away.


A – Asymmetry: Both halves don’t look the same.

B – Border: The mole has blurred or jagged edges.

C – Colour: The mole has more than one colour.

D – Diameter: Grows larger than 6mm.

E – Evolution: Changes size, shape or colour.


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The Skin Cancer Awareness Roadshow is coming to Folkestone

Make sure you head to Sunny Sands in Folkestone (The Stade, CT19 6AY) on Wednesday 17th August between 10am and 3pm to learn about how you can stay safe in the sun, what to look out for, and when to contact your GP.

Free fun activities and sun cream will also be available.

Children and Young People Summer Challenge


The NHS Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance is holding a competition this summer. Their campaign is about being safe in the sun and preventing harm to your skin to prevent skin cancer in the future. Children and young people aged 18 years and under from Kent and Medway can take part in this competition.


The Competition

  • 11 year olds and under – colouring competition. Enjoy colouring in the picture of the children on the beach. Please add hats, sunglasses and t-shirts to the characters to keep the children safe in the sun. Families can download the picture via

  • 12 to 18 year olds – poster design competition. Design a poster about skin cancer prevention and safety in the sun. You can use the NHS website to help you:



There will be a winner and a runner up in each category. Each winner will win a £10 book voucher and each runner up will win a £5 book voucher.

Please send your completed entries to (either as a photo or scanned image is fine) by Monday 29th August 2022