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NICE updates guidelines for melanoma treatment

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and one of the fastest growing. More than 2,000 people died of the disease in 2012, with a large number of cases being attributed to the foreign holidays taken since the 1960’s and the big increase in use of sunbeds.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”), the UK body responsible for outlining the expected levels of care and treatment for doctors in the UK, has updated its guidance to improve survival rates for this ever increasing disease. The updated guidelines focus on helping doctors to diagnose how far the cancer has progressed, what the best treatment methods are, and to ensure that patients continue to receive appropriate follow-up care, presumably to look our for any recurrence of the disease.

Overexposure to ultraviolet light can easily be prevented by taking some simple precautions. Professor Mark Baker from NICE advises that a safe way to enjoy the sunshine would be “using a sunscreen with a high SPF, spending time in the shade between 11:00 and 15:00, ensuring you don’t burn, and covering up with a hat, T-shirt and sunglasses”.

Concerns were recently raised about the clarity of labelling on sun creams, with many consumers not getting the protection they thought. See our blog on what you need to look out for when buying your sun cream.

If you or anyone you know has concerns about treatment received for melanoma or any other cancer, contact our specialist lawyers on 0800 316 8892.