One in four Brits have never checked for skin cancer

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Nearly a quarter of Brits have never checked their skin for life-threatening changes, despite a surge in skin cancer deaths over the last decade, new research suggests.

One in four (23%) adults in Britain admit they have never checked for changes in appearance or number of moles on their skin, which can be a major warning sign of the disease.

The independent study of 2,027 people was commissioned by skin checking app Miiskin, which has teamed up with the British Skin Foundation charity in the campaign to battle the most common cancer in the UK. £1 for each free UK download of the app will go to charity for one month.

The study also revealed that three per cent had a mole they were concerned about for more than three months, but hadn’t had it checked by a medical professional. With one in 50 currently having a persistently itchy or bleeding mole.

Surprisingly, 17% of Britain’s under-35s believed they were too young or weren’t exposed to the sun enough to develop skin cancer. Just under one in 10 under-45s (9%) thought they should only check their skin if advised to by a medical professional.

The self-checking message does seem to be sinking in for some though, with nearly a third (31%) doing monthly checks – the frequency recommended by the British Skin Foundation.

Almost a fifth of under 35s are now taking ‘selfies’ to monitor their skin for moles, with 18 per cent using photos to document changes.

However, people are still taking risks with their skin health. One in 10 (11%) use tanning beds – 13% of which admit to sessions once or multiple times a week.

Only two fifths of Brits (38%) say they always use sun cream when exposed to the sun and despite warnings about the dangers one in 20 under 35s (5%) say they rely on sunbeds for a winter tan.

Skin cancer is on the rise in Britain, with more than 100,000 new cases diagnosed annually and 2,500 deaths from the disease every year. Latest Government statistics indicate a 35.8% 10-year rise in skin cancer deaths.

Jon Friis, founder and CEO of Miiskin, said: ‘With cases of skin cancer increasing in the UK, the self-checking message is starting to sink in for some, but not all. Keeping track of changes to your skin can be a challenge – and many people are now using technology to spot and document changes to their skin. Early detection is important for successful treatment.’

Skin cancer is mainly caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common, with melanoma being one of the most dangerous.

The Miiskin app, which has already received 100,000 downloads globally, including 20,000 in the UK, was created to help people digitally track how skin and moles look, with reminders to routinely check for changes. It does not try to diagnose skin cancer or tell users that they are at risk or not. Those who do spot changes should seek advice from their GP or another medical professional.


To read guidelines on identifying potential signs of skin cancer on clients’ skin, click here

Member News – February

The February issue of FHT Member News is out today. Take a peek at what’s inside…


Member News features the latest therapy updates, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership.

In this month’s issue:

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FHT award winner profile: Lorraine Senior

Therapist and training provider, Lorraine Senior, has won the title of FHT Tutor of the Year at the 2017 FHT Excellence Awards ceremony.

2017 FHT Excellence Awards Lorraine Senior

Awarded annually, the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) Excellence Awards aim to bring much deserved recognition to practitioners and training providers working in the fields of complementary, sports and holistic beauty therapy.

Lorraine, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the education arena, has developed a special therapy framework, called Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT), which aims to support children and adults with autism, learning difficulties, special educational needs and disabilities, and communication issues.

Using a combination of reflexology and relaxation techniques, FRT is a positive touch therapy. It involves working specific reflex points of the feet and lower legs, or hands and forearms, to promote relaxation and enhance wellbeing and is supported, where appropriate, with the FRT tool kit of ‘objects of reference’ and specific methods of communication to meet an individual’s needs.

Alongside her own successful therapy practice, Lorraine travels throughout the UK to share her work with qualified reflexologists, so that a growing network of practitioners have the relevant tools to offer reflexology, using the FRT framework. FRT reflexologists may also offer workshops in their local area, to enable parents and family members to use the FRT relaxation routine in the comfort of their own home.

FRT is a very ‘portable’ therapy which can be carried out in a variety of contexts, with Lorraine tailoring her training to meet the needs and expectations of each environment. She has successfully introduced FRT into a few schools, to benefit both learners and staff, and even travelled to Zambia in July 2017 to introduce FRT into the classroom at St Mulumba Special School.

Speaking about her win, Lorraine says: ‘Receiving this FHT award is a real honour. Sharing the FRT framework through my training courses is giving me the opportunity to meet and work with many reflexologists. It’s a privilege to see how they might use FRT alongside their own experience and reflexology practice to support their local communities.’

FHT members and accredited course providers can read an article about Lorraine’s work with children who have autism in the latest issue of International Therapist (Winter 2018, issue 123)

FHT shares the benefits of reflexology with leading health insurance provider

Sovereign Healthcare article

The FHT was delighted to write a collaborative article about reflexology with leading health insurance provider, Sovereign Health Care, which covers reflexology treatments on its cash plans.

In the piece, FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish, outlines a number of areas where reflexology can potentially benefit a person’s health and wellbeing, including supporting those affected by stress, hormonal issues and cancer.  She also highlights the importance of finding a therapist who is professional, suitably qualified and accountable, signposting readers to the FHT’s Accredited Register, independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

As well as appearing on Sovereign Health Care’s website, the article is being distributed to journalists and publications that have a strong focus on health and wellbeing.

Sovereign Health Care lists FHT as a recognised professional body for reflexology.

To read the article, click here

For more information about which health insurance providers recognise FHT members, click here


Low-cost CPD with expert speakers at FHT’s 2018 Training Congress – Get your tickets NOW!

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

The FHT is proud to be hosting the 2018 FHT Training Congress at the Holistic Health show in Birmingham. The two-day event will feature a range of expert speakers, educating you on various topics from therapy specific modalities to general business advice, all of which will gain you one point to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD). With 24 CPD sessions for you to choose from, don’t miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

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FHT Vice Presidents Mary Dalgleish and Maria Mason both gave two talks at the 2017 FHT Training Congress.

The FHT Training Congress is being held in three private seminar rooms, just outside of the Holistic Health Show hall in hospitality suites, 28, 29 and 30. You can find the training congress using this map. Also, come and see the FHT stand at D12 and D18 to chat to the team and enjoy discounts in your Members’ shop.

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

Sessions cost only £12 for members and £15 for non-members.

1cpdroundel1Here’s a snapshot of what’s on this year…
  • Ayurvedic foot massage
  • Effective use of crystals for stress and anxiety
  • Laughter yoga
  • Kinesiology taping for the athlete
  • Fascia – facts and fiction
  • Charge what you’re worth and get it
  • Mindfulness for therapists and their therapies
  • Getting the most out of social media

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

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