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Skin cancer rates five times higher than 1970s

22nd April 2014

Malignant melanoma is the most serious skin cancer in Great Britain. The number of people developing the cancer this year is five times more than it was in the mid-1970s.

Cancer - Melanoma



Cancer Research UK’s statistics have shown that 13,000 are diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year.



They have attributed the increase, in part, due to the rising popularity of package holidays to Europe.

Another large factor is the increased use of sunbeds.

Malignant melanoma is now the fifth most common cancer, with more than 2,000 people dying from it each year.

Eight in 10 people survive the disease, which is among the highest rate for any cancer.



People who are most likely to be at risk from it are those with: pale skin, lots of moles or freckles, and those with a family history of the disease.

Caroline Cerny, senior health campaigns manager at Cancer research, said: "When the sun is strong, pop on a T-shirt, spend some time in the shade and use a sunscreen with at least SPF15 and good UVA protection."

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Anonymous

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 @ 16:32

Re:Skin cancer 5 times higher:

The advice of Ms. Caroline Cerny is too mild. This is a life threatening skin cancer. "Pop on a T-shirt" leaves the arms, neck and face exposed, "Spend some time in the shade" - when the sun is strong keep out of the sun completely! Spend that time indoors and go out early morning or close to sunset with a shirt and sun cream SPF 50 or more.

If the professionals do not recommend a high degree of protection the readers will be too exposed and risk this killer disease which pops up years later and then it is too late for sun cream and T-shirts.


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