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Skin cancer awareness month

EDM (Early Day Motion) 802: tabled on 23 May 2024

Tabled in the 2023-24 session.

This motion has been signed by 15 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this house recognises the importance of skin cancer awareness month in educating the public on the harms of the sun; recognises that sunscreen is an essential health item, and not a luxury to be used just on holidays; notes that almost 90% of melanomas are preventable, so it is vital the public are educated and empowered to protect themselves; further notes that just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your chances of developing melanoma in later life, demonstrating the importance of preventing each one of these burns; and acknowledges that cost is often a barrier to accessing sunscreen, and so a reduction in cost through removing the VAT would improve access to sunscreen, a cancer preventing essential healthcare item.