Skin Cancer - A big problem
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Skin cancer is increasing in almost every fair skinned population worldwide. There are several reasons for this but probably the main reasons are increased sun exposure recreationally and at work, longer lifespan and better detection. Most skin cancers can be cured.
In the UK there are approximately 100,000 cases of skin cancer of which around 75,000 are basal cell carcinoma.
There are approximately 13,000 melanomas diagnosed a year and 2000 deaths
A lot of skin cancer could be avoided by avoiding sunbed in sun tan parlours and through the use of appropriate clothing such as broad brimmed hats and long sleeve clothing and sunscreens.
Early detection helps improve cure rates
Skin cancer incidence CRUK
Skin cancer CRUK