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Skin Cancer: Health Education

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding his Department allocated to the SunSmart campaign in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; (281728)

(2) what funding his Department has allocated to the SunSmart campaign for 2009-10;

(3) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the SunSmart campaign; and if he will publish that assessment.

[holding answer 22 June 2009]: SunSmart, the national skin cancer prevention and sun protection campaign run by Cancer Research UK on behalf of the United Kingdom Health Departments has been allocated the following funding from the Department of Health, England, for the campaign:

£

2006-07

150,000

2007-08

104,000

2008-09

110.000

2009-10

115,000

The Cancer Reform Strategy also made commitments to increase the funding available for awareness programmes and has provided additional monies in 2008-09 and 2009-10 for national and local skin cancer initiatives.

In surveys done by Cancer Research UK, some significant increases in awareness of sun/skin cancer issues, and of self-reported practice of preventive actions, have been observed. We will discuss arrangements with Cancer Research UK about how to place this information in the public domain.