University lecturer heads up regional talks on skin cancer

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A Lancaster University lecturer – and one of the region’s leading skin cancer researchers – will head up a series of talks at a special event later this week, designed to raise awareness of skin cancer among people living in the north west.

Dr Sarah Allinson, a lecturer in biomedical and life sciences at Lancaster University, will support North West Cancer Research’s We Need to Talk About Cancer event – which will help raise awareness of the growing number of skin cancer cases in the region.

The event takes place on Friday at the University of Liverpool and will help people understand more about skin cancer, its causes and the work being done in the region to beat it.

NWCR, currently funds skin cancer research projects in the north west and has funded research at Lancaster University with Dr Allinson, who is looking at how ultraviolet radiation damages skin cells and what defence mechanisms skin cells have to protect against this.

The north west has the highest number of skin cases in the UK, with an average of 858 people diagnosed with skin cancer per year.

Emma Squibb, research engagement executive at NWCR, who has organised the event, said: “Skin cancer is on the rise in the north West. With summer just around the corner and people thinking of using sun beds or lying out in the sun for hours on end, now is the perfect time to raise awareness of the harmful effects that sunbathing can have on your health.

“We hope that as many people as possible will come along to our skin cancer event and find out more about skin cancer.

“The more information we can give people the better when it comes to helping people protect themselves from skin cancer and recognising potential symptoms.”

The event takes place from 1pm to 3.30pm and will give attendees the chance to hear from researchers and clinicians about how skin cancer affects communities in the region and the work being done to combat the rising number of skin cancer cases locally.

There will also be the chance to visit some of the laboratories and speak to scientists such as Dr Allinson.

We Need To Talk About Skin Cancer is the first in a series of new informative events being organised by NWCR which will help raise awareness and understanding among local people in the north west.

The event is free but spaces are limited and you can book your space via the eventbrite page at