Melanoma UK, formally known as Factor 50, is a patient support group, set up in 2007. The group was set up in memory of Jon Herron, a young man from Northern Ireland who sadly passed away in May 2008.
Melanoma UK is attached to The Christie, one of Europe’s biggest cancer centres and it's aims are to raise awareness of the dangers of abuse of the sun and sun beds, fund raise for melanoma research, the most serious form of skin cancer, whilst providing support to patients and families. In 2010 Factor 50 became an integral part of Sian James MP’s Melanoma Task Force and is currently taking part in providing the melanoma pathway. In 2011 Factor 50 became a stake holder with NICE, and started giving evidence during drug appraisals.
In the summer of 2011 Andy Flower OBE, England’s director of cricket became an Ambassador to Factor 50. Having had surgery for the illness, Andy had no hesitation in agreeing to help.
Melanioma UK has recently formed a new partnership with Crawford Healthcare Ltd.
For more information visit www.melanomauk.org.uk