Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has backed a call more attention to be paid to skin cancer prevention as figures for the deadly disease continue to rise.
Mr Stevenson visited the Melanoma Action and Support Scotland exhibition in the Scottish Parliament highlighting the serious problem of skin cancer in Scotland.
Commenting, Mr Stevenson said: “MASScot, the skin cancer charity, is seeking support for a campaign on sun protection education for the general public, focusing on the care necessary, particularly by those under 35 years of age.
“Skin cancers are by far the most common cancers in Scotland and the incidence of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is increasing at over 50 per cent every decade, making it the fastest growing cancer.
“A major concern is that many of those diagnosed with melanoma are young parents as this cancer is the most common cancer of those in the 15 to 35 age range.”
MASScot support those with skin cancer and their carers, and hold open air events and visit schools to educate on the importance of sun awareness from an early age. They also highlight the risk of over exposure to sunshine for outdoor workers.