A CHARITY raising awareness of melanoma and skin cancer is running an online e-learning course, in a quest to educate beauty industry professionals on how to spot suspicious lesions.

National skin cancer charity, Skcin, is striving to 'train eyes to save lives'.

It heard the tragic story of Islander Zoe Panayi and is encouraging Isle of Wight beauty therapists to sign up for its online course.

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Zoe, a Newport mum-of-two, died at the end of May, aged 26, after a suspicious looking mole on her back turned out to be the source of cancer that had spread through her body.

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Isle of Wight County Press:

The melanoma and skin cancer early detection (MASCED) accreditation programme has been developed to educate beauty industry professionals on the detection of suspicious lesions that may be observed on their clients' skin.

"We want to make the Isle of Wight sun-safe," said Skcin chief executive, Marie Tudor.

"We were devastated to learn of Zoe's story and her subsequent death from melanoma.

"The story is so shocking for number of reasons, but most importantly, her death could have been avoided.

"Our charity is solely dedicated to raising awareness of melanoma and skin cancer, and promoting early detection/diagnosis.

"The hair and beauty sector is one such industry that has a vital role to play in skin surveillance, and our MASCED training is the perfect solution.

"Early detection saves lives ­— we must stop cases like Zoe’s from happening again."

Zoe's friends and family are running a petition, calling for it to be made law that moles and skin tags are tested.

Read more: Sign up for Zoe's law says family of tragic skin cancer victim.

To register for the course, which costs £20, visit https://masced.uk/.