Skin cancer prevention: information, resources and environmental changes

NICE guidelines [PH32] Published date:

Review decision: 

The guidance will be partially updated within the context of the development of new guidance on ‘sun exposure: benefits and risks’

Next review date: April 2017

This guidance is for NHS and other commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, preventing skin cancer.

This includes for example, GPs, local authority planners, pharmacists, practice nurses, public health practitioners, school nurses and skin cancer specialists. It also includes those involved in, or responsible for, employee health and wellbeing.

In addition, it may be of interest to those working in the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors and to members of the public.

The six recommendations aim to raise and maintain awareness – and increase knowledge – of the risks of exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet (UV). They also aim to influence attitudes and prompt people to change their behaviour to protect themselves against skin cancer.  They focus on:

  • National mass-media campaigns and the provision of local information (including verbal advice and printed and visual material). 
  • Developing and evaluating information campaigns and interventions.
  • The factual content of information
  • The tone of messages and how to tailor them for specific audiences.
  • The workplace – to help protect children, young people and outdoor workers. 
  • The provision of shade as part of the design of new buildings.

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