Dr Lorna Burrows
Melanoma Focus is very sad to learn of the death of Lorna Burrows, a Trustee of the charity. Lorna passed away in hospital on 7 April following a stroke in December.
The Chairman, Paul Lorigan, said: ‘We are very sorry to have lost such a good friend and colleague. Lorna had a long and illustrious career as a consultant dermatologist and supported our predecessor, the UK Melanoma Study Group, for many years. She helped to bring about the successful transition to the charity in its present form, continuing to act as Treasurer. We will miss her greatly and we send our thoughts and sympathy to her family and to her colleagues at Salisbury District Hospital’.

Welcome to Melanoma Focus


Launched in October 2012, Melanoma Focus is a new national charity set up to concentrate efforts in the fight against melanoma and skin cancer.


Melanoma Focus brings together a previous charity of the same name and the Melanoma Study Group, building on and developing their educational, information and fundraising activities.


Melanoma Focus differs from many other medical charities in combining a professional core membership, consisting of melanoma scientists, clinicians and nurses, with a mission to undertake research and education, while providing information at various levels for patients, carers and other healthcare professionals.


Our activities include:

    • Fundraising for melanoma research of all kinds, including tissue-based research and patient-related studies
    • Providing accessible information about melanoma to the general public, especially carers and patients (see Signposting below)
    • Making educational and networking resources available to clinicians, scientists and nurses
    • Working with Hospital Trusts to collate and analyse data about melanoma cases using a specialist central database – see Melanoma Database Project
    • Hosting, each year, the national ‘Focus on Melanoma’ Meeting as well as a specialist Regional Meeting
    • Taking part in UK-wide campaigns and information programmes



Rather than repeating advice about melanoma that is already well covered by other charities and cancer organisations, we will concentrate on providing a comprehensive set of selected links to these websites (see Weblinks), as well as guides and Summaries of Scientific Paperand recent News & Updates covering the melanoma field.






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