Clinical update

Skin cancer

NICE quality standard says people with malignant melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma should have access to a skin cancer clinical nurse specialist
Sunburn can lead to skin cancers

Essential facts

Skin cancer can be split into 2 groups: malignant melanoma, which can be fatal, and non-melanoma such as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinomas which are rarely fatal.

Over the past decade rates of malignant melanoma have increased by almost 50% in the UK: in 2013 there were 14,509 new cases and in 2014 2,459 people died from malignant melanoma.

Non-melanoma skin cancers are more common with 72,100 new cases diagnosed in the UK in 2013, although this underestimates true incidence.

More than 90% of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma in England and Wales survive for ten years or more according to 2010/11 figures.

What’s new

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a quality


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