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 organisation in the world outside the USA. We are the European leader in the development of new anti-cancer drugs. We fund research on all aspects of the disease from its causes, to treatment and prevention, education and psychological support for patients.
We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through the About Cancer pages on our website, our news and resources, and our range of health awareness leaflets.
Cancer Chat is our free online discussion forum for people affected by cancer. It is a safe space to talk to other people in similar situations, and find information and support.
If you have a question about cancer, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses. Call free on 0808 800 4040, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. To talk in your preferred language, ask for our interpreting service. Or you can send us a question online.
Skin cancer support organisations
General support organisations
This UK charity provides support and information for people who have any form of facial disfigurement, including disfigurement caused by cancer.
Tel: 0300 0120 275 (support and advice line)
Skin camouflage service
Changing Faces runs a skin camouflage service, where trained volunteers can teach you how to apply specialist cover creams.
Tel: 0300 0120 276
When Cancer Affects the Way You Look
You can download their booklet When Cancer Affects the Way You Look for free.
Let's Face It provides support for people with facial disfigurement including those who have, or had, cancer.
Tel: 01843 491291
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 7351 4480
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. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments.
Phone: 0808 808 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm; information is 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
By Ronald Marks
Martin Dunitz, 1995
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.