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Men's skin cancer rates rise

1st June 2010

Cancer Research UK have released new data which shows a marked increase in the amount of men dying from skin cancer since the late 1970s.

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The figures from the charity show that less that 400 males died from melanoma (1.5 per 100,000) in the 1970s. This figure has increased to more than 1,100 today, which equates to 3.1 per 100,000 men.

The charity stated that many deaths could be prevented if people avoided being sunburned and had "worrying" moles checked out quickly.

The data revealed that while more women than men were diagnosed with skin cancer, death rates were higher among men.

Elderly men had the highest death rates. In thirty years the number of men aged over 65 who died from skin cancer increased from 4.5 per 100,000 to 15.2 per 100,000.

Caroline Cerny, from Cancer Research UK, said men should find out how they can take care of their skin.

"Too often men leave it up to their partners or mothers to remind them to use sunscreen or cover up with a shirt and hat, and even to visit the doctor about a worrying mole," she explained.

She said the data suggested that men were not looking out for skin cancer signs and were not visiting their doctors if they spotted changes.

"It's crucial that people go to their doctor as soon as they notice any unusual changes to their skin or moles - the earlier the cancer is diagnosed the easier it will be to treat," she added.

 

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