Latest research in Britain demonstrates a dramatic rise in the number of people with skin cancer, adding that more than 2,000 people die from the disease on an annual basis.
Each year, more than 13,000 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, the Cancer Research UK revealed in a new report.
The rate of malignant melanoma – now the fifth most common type of cancer in the country – are now five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970s, the figures showed.
Scientists attributed the high rate of skin cancer to the huge increase in package holidays to sunny European destinations, a boom in sun bed use and the fashion for a tan.
Sunburn is known to increase the risk of skin cancer, particularly in people with pale skin or large numbers of moles or freckles.
“Holidays in hot climates have become more affordable and sun beds are more widely available since the 1970s. But we know over-exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun or sun beds is the main cause of skin cancer. This means, in many cases, the disease can be prevented, and is why it’s essential to get into good sun safety habits, whether at home or abroad,” said Nick Ormiston-Smith, the head of statistics at Cancer Research UK.
Experts concluded that taking proper precautions when going out in the sun, avoiding tanning beds and sun over-exposure can cut the risk of skin cancer.
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