Angus MacDonald MSP helps MASScot in promoting sun awareness
Friday, 02 November 2012 21:09
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald last week supported MASScot’s campaign in the Scottish Parliament to highlight sun awareness and the early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer.
MASScot (Melanoma Action & Support Scotland) recently exhibited in the Scottish Parliament, highlighting the high incidence of malignant melanoma - the most common cancer in 15 to 34 year olds in Scotland.
MASScot asked MSPs to consider a public education campaign to prevent skin cancers by avoiding sunburn and to make people aware of the early signs of skin cancer and the dangers of sunbed use. Early diagnosis with removal by minor surgery will cure thin melanomas, but all too often the early signs of cancer are missed. MSPs were asked to sign that they agreed that Sun Protection is Vital and add a comment of their own. Angus MacDonald wrote "Young People Take Note". It is hoped the exercise will result in questions being asked about sun awareness and result in a debate on this issue in the Scottish Parliament.
Angus MacDonald MSP said;
" I was delighted to sign the ‘Sun Protection is Vital’ pledge to highlight how important it is to educate our youngsters on safe sun practice from an early age. Furthermore, knowing the signs to look for and early detection of skin cancer can mean the difference between life and death, and this is something I hope will be debated on in Parliament in the near future."
Further information on melanoma & the support that MASScot provide can be found at :- www.masscot.org.uk