Skin Cancer Hub

The Skin Cancer Hub provides data and intelligence on skin cancers in England. It is aimed at a wide range of professionals working in the field, including NHS providers, clinical commissioning groups, strategic clinical networks, local authorities, PHE centres, charities and clinicians. It provides information and links for patients and the general public who wish to understand more about skin cancers, including information about incidence and mortality, past and current trends, and prevention. The information provided also supports the work of the National Cancer Intelligence Network's (NCIN) Skin Cancer Site Specific Clinical Reference Group.

The Skin Cancer Hub is maintained by the NCIN analysts, based in Bristol, who lead on the analysis of skin cancer data.

About skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer, comprising at least a quarter of all new cancer diagnoses. There are several types: malignant melanoma, which can prove fatal, and non-melanoma skin cancers (main types: squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma) which are rarely fatal. Non-melanoma skin cancers are about 10 times as common as malignant melanomas but because of current registration practices their true number is significantly underestimated.

What's in the Hub

  • Information for patients - links to organisations specialising in advice for patients, their families and carers.
  • Malignant Melanoma Profiles - interactive tools presenting comparative data for each local authority, clinical commissioning group in England in map, chart and table formats.
  • Skin cancer factsheets and reports - key statistics on incidence, mortality and survival rates across England and the South West.
  • Toolkits - practical guides to support a range of organisations involved in skin cancer prevention and early diagnosis.  

There is also information on sunbeds and social marketing for skin cancer prevention.