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Resources and support

Find out about organisations, support groups, books and other resources to help you cope with skin cancer and its treatment.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research orgaisation in the world outside of the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to treatment and prevention.

We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We also have a range of health awareness leaflets.

Cancer Chat is a forum where you can share experiences.

Helpline freephone number: 0808 800 40 40

Administration phone number: 020 7242 0200

Skin cancer support organisations

The British Association of Dermatologists produce patient information and clinical guidelines for the treatment of skin cancer in the UK.

The American National Cancer Institute has patient information about skin cancer. 

General support organisations

Provides support and information for people with any form of facial disfigurement including those caused by cancer. They also provide a skin camouflage service. Trained volunteers teach people how to apply specialist cover creams.

Tel: 0300 0120 276

Provides support for people with facial disfigurement including those who have, or have had, cancer on their face.

Tel: 01843 833 724

A national charity offering information and support to anyone affected by lymphoedema. With over 3500 members and 66 local support groups they run a helpline and produce information about lymphoedema and its treatment.

Tel: 020 7349 9809

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. Macmillan Cancer Support also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments.

Tel: 0808 808 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm; information available in other languages)
Textphone: 0808 808 0121

A charitable membership body of health care professionals with an interest in the care and support of people with lymphoedema. Their resources included a directory of lymphoedema specialist practitioners.

Tel: 01452 790 178

Books about skin cancer

Ronald Marks

Martin Dunitz, 1995

ISBN 1853172758

Examines the various effects of the sun's rays, both harmful and beneficial, the problems caused by too much sun exposure, their treatment and how they can be prevented. This book is written for GPs but may be of interest to the general public.

Booklets and factsheets

Since 2003, Cancer Research UK SunSmart has helped people enjoy the sun safely. Read about evidence-based information about skin cancer prevention through to skin cancer and sun protection.

Sun protection suppliers

Sells a range of UV protective swimwear and accessories for babies, children and adults.

Tel: 01932 230 907

Sells a range of protective sun products for adults and children. 

Tel: 01733 765 030

Provides a range of sun protection products for children and adults sold on Amazon.

Tel: 0800 954 1927

Videos of people's stories

Find out about the experience of living with and beyond cancer by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Healthtalk’s researchers created a library of interviews with people who have survived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis.

Find out what people said about issues such as lifestyle choices, physical effects and the impact on work and family.

Find local cancer support and information services

NHS Choices has a service that tells you about local information and support.

Last reviewed: 
16 Sep 2014

Information and help

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