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Story FMR (Funding Melanoma Research) is delighted to announce that we are supporting Skcin’s MASCED Accreditation Programme.

We firmly believe that this highlights the importance of like-minded charities working together to achieve a common aim.  The programme, with its aim of “training eyes to save lives” is completely aligned with Story FMR’s objective to raise awareness and we are delighted and proud to be able to support Skcin to ensure the MASCED programme continues to grow and thrive.

Skcin, the Karen Clifford melanoma cancer charity, was set up in 2006, and aims to raise awareness of the disease through education; promote prevention and early detection of the disease and campaign for change.  The charity has achieved remarkable success in bringing a Sun Safe programme to Nurseries, Schools and workplaces, and their website is packed full of clear and useful information – a “go to” destination for understanding and preventing this terrible disease.

The MASCED Accreditation programme was designed and developed by Skcin earlier this year to train hair, health and beauty industry professionals in skin surveillance and the detection of suspicious legions. The objective of the accreditation is to raise awarness of the early signs and symptoms of the most common and fastest rising cancer and promote early detection of melanoma, to improve prognosis and saves lives.

In addition the programme raises awareness of the importance of Sun Safety to aid the prevention of around 86% of melanoma and the majority of all skin cancer cases. This supports the call by public health figures for a wider perspective on who is most effective to help improve the nation’s health and address concerns raised in the Government’s 2020 Skin Cancer Vision.

The programme has been a phenomenal success with over 7,000 registered professionals trained or in-training, within their first 8 months and 98% of users providing 5 star reviews. The Accreditation has been approved by dermatologists is now endorsed by professional bodies BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapists and Cosmetology) and HABIA (Hair & Beauty Industry Authority) and awarded CPD points.

The training has also received the attention of the medical world with a comprehensive article soon to be featured in the Dermatological Nursing Journal, highlighting the programme’s success and accolades from the nursing community.

The uptake in registrations is still growing and whilst the charity continues to work tirelessly to deliver and maintain the service to its users, the support provided by Story FMR will make a real difference.

Marie Tudor, of Skcin said, “The MASCED training has been an overwhelming success, far exceeding our expectations. We are delighted how we have been able to harness the power of industry professionals via a targeted audience to help deliver our educational training, spreading the message across many industry sectors and filter this out to a wide public audience.

The support of Story FMR is key to its ongoing success and development. Our objectives are aligned in relation to awareness and education and their sponsorship makes perfect sense. Story FMR is a new charity with the same values and ethos as Skcin and its Trustees’ commitment and dedication are evident by their growth and success with fundraising in such a short space of time.

Skcin would like to thank Story FMR for their support and we hope to work further together to grow this relationship, educate our nation and save lives”.



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