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SKIN CANCER DEATHS AMONGST BRITISH MEN HAVE DOUBLED IN 30 YEARS, SAY CANCER RESEARCH
Death amongst men in the UK due to skin cancer have doubled in the last thirty years,
according to Cancer Research UK. Rates of malignant melanoma are increasing for
both sexes, but rates for men are increasing faster.
In the late 1970s, fewer than 400 men or 1.5 per 100,000 died from the disease but now the number is greater than 1,100 or 3.1 per 100,000.
Among the over-
Meanwhile, death rates for women of all ages have risen more slowly from 1.5 per 100,000 to 2.2 per 100,000.
"These figures show that a worryingly high number of men are dying unnecessarily from malignant melanoma because of the rapidly rising numbers diagnosed with the disease," said Caroline Cerny, Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart manager in an interview with the Daily Telepgraph.
She added: "Preventing the disease developing in the first place will help stop this trend and save lives. To curb this huge rise in deaths from malignant melanoma it’s more important than ever that people are aware of the dangers of too much sun. 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. And even though more women are diagnosed with the disease, more men die from it. "
She added that "This suggests that men are either not aware of skin cancer symptoms
or are ignoring them and putting off going to see their GP."
The Government’s care services minister, Paul Burstow, said: "The rise in skin cancer
deaths among men is worrying and highlights how important it is for everyone to protect
themselves from overexposure to sun.
"Seeing many people with sunburn from the recent sunny weather is a reminder of how easy it is to damage your skin. We should all keep a careful eye on our skin. Shrugging off any changes in a mole’s appearance could put your life at risk. "
More than 10,400 skin cancer cases are diagnosed every year in the UK, so this is not a minor problem. If you see any changes in a mole or you have any concerns about changes in your skin, you should go to your GP or contact Medicentre.
BERNIE NOLAN AND SONIQUE urge women not to put off seeing their GP if the detect any abnormalities.
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