Skin analysis guidelines launched in parliament
A new set of skin cancer awareness guidelines specifically for beauty and hair practitioners has been launched in Parliament. The guidelines were put forward by the Melanoma Taskforce and the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) as part of their campaign to improve awareness and early detection of skin cancer. The skin and mole check guidelines are also endorsedby the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). Aimed specifically at hair, beauty and holistic professionals, the guidelines have the support of MPs and celebrities including actress and presenter Amanda Holden, Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna and celebrity make-upartists Ruby Hammer and Millie Kendall. The guidelines make it clear that beauty therapists are not expected to diagnose skin cancers, but are uniquely placed to be able to notice changes in moles or suspicious lesions when working with clients. The guidelines provide clear and simple information on how to spot the signs of skin cancer, and how professionals can encourage their clients to seek medical advice. Professor Chris Bunker, president-elect of the BAD, said: 'We hold a number of mole check roadshows and, worryingly, 85% of people attending these have a mole that is of particular concern, yet two-thirds of them have not seen a doctor about the mole before. It seems that changes to our skin are not always something wefeel deserves immediate attention. He added: 'This demonstrates the need to take our messages out to a wider audience, and to engage the help of hair, beauty and wellbeing professionals, who are often well placed to notice something untoward on a person's skin.' FHT vice-president Cheryl Cole said: 'I am delighted that the FHT was invited to endorse these guidelines. While we are all aware that complementary, beauty and sports therapists are not in a position to diagnose, having reliable information at our fingertips that will help us spot any potential skin problems is invaluable.'