I was recently alerted by a Professional Beauty blog post to a wonderful free educational Accreditation programme for hair, health and beauty industry professionals. The course was all about learning how to detect the early signs of Melanoma and raising awareness to improve prognosis and help to save lives.
My clients mean the world to me and I always want to ensure that I’m giving them the best care and service possible whether they’re visiting me for makeup trials, makeovers or makeup lessons. As my family and friend circle have been touched by Cancer in the past, it’s a concern that is frequently on my mind.
The course is provided by SKCIN; The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity and is the MASCED Accreditation – the Melanoma and Skcin Cancer Early Detection Accreditation. Completely free, all you need to do is sign up via the MASCED website and provide your details so they can send you your information pack. My pack arrived within no time and included the programme booklet, an information booklet on sun safety and a mole ruler with check list tips. Once you’re registered, you can log in to your account online at any time and download free resources that you can either email to your clients or have posted out as hard copies. You also have the option to download a self examination body mapping chart and posters for your salon/place of work.
After learning the course materials, you log into your account and take the Accreditation which is a comprehensive online exam. Here you’ll answer questions about the risks of UVR, recap on different types of skin cancer and be put into role play situations with pretend clients to detect the early symptoms of skin cancer. It also helps you to understand how to educate your clients and broach the issue without causing alarm or upset to them in the meantime. After all, client care should be at the forefront.
The course in no way makes me an expert or able to diagnose skin cancer, but what it does do is help me to learn the early signs and symptoms of Melanoma in the hope that I can educate my clients to have their moles or skin changes checked as soon as possible by a certified GP or their Dermatologist. It’s given me peace of mind that I will be able to notice when something may be untoward and allow my clients or even friends and family to seek expert advice early.
The course is absolutely wonderful and packed full of information and useful pointers. I urge all beauty professionals to take a look and consider taking the Accreditation. You may just help to save a life.
© Rachael Divers 2018.