Raising awarness of skin cancer

The opening of a new charity office that helps people diagnosed with skin cancer has been welcomed by its Bearsden chairperson.

Melanoma Action and Support Scotland’s new centre will help raise funds and provide therapies for melanoma and skin cancer patients along with their carers.

The charity’s chairperson, Leigh Smith MBE, said: “This new centre gives us a great space which allows us to continue to provide one-to-one support for both patients and carers.

“Our services are crucial considering that melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults aged 15-34. ”

The centre was officially opened recently by East Dunbartonshire footballer Jordan Moore (21), who is currently on loan with Queens Park from Dundee United.

Jordan is no stranger to melanoma having been diagnosed with the disease early last year after he discovered a seemingly harmless looking mole.

Following two operations the striker fought back and is now back playing football full- time for the Glasgow outfit .

He has urged those worried about moles to consult their doctor.

The centre, which is based at St Enoch Square in the city centre, provides therapy, office and retail space all under one roof.

Melanoma Action and Support Scotland ensures that patients are supported throughout their diagnosis and afterwards.

The group offers a range of therapies during what is a difficult time for patients.

The new centre is handy for all major transport links and ensures service users are always able to seek support when they need it most.

The charity provides support for skin cancer patients and their carers in a number of ways.

These include raising general public awareness of skin cancers and in particular melanoma, increasing prevention and early detection, ensuring best treatment for patients at all stages of the disease, improving medical education in dermatology in Scotland and by campaigning to have a clinical nurse specialist available to all patients in Scotland.

The charity is also working towards a change in the law so that all sunbed centres are fully regulated.