NEWS: Cancer Charity warns about sun safety

As reported by BBC news, Cancer Research UK is calling for more sun protection as the number of melanoma cases reaches a record high

Cancer Research UK predicts a record 20,800 cases will be diagnosed this year – up from an annual average of 19,300 between 2020 and 2022.

The analysis shows that rates rose by almost a third between 2009 and 2019 – from 21 to 28 cases per 100,000 people.

The increase in diagnoses is partly due to a growing aging population and an increase in awareness of the signs of skin cancer.

The report suggests that around 17,000 cases of melanoma could be prevented each year – almost nine in 10 of which are caused by too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Melanomas are a serious form of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the body.

There are also non-melanoma skin cancers, which are generally more common and usually less serious than melanoma.

According to Cancer Research (CRUK), the rise in cases affects all age groups, but the biggest increases are in older age groups – especially in adults over 80, where diagnoses have risen from 61 to 96 cases in ten years per 100,000 people.

There has also been an increase among adults aged 25 to 49, according to the charity’s analysis.

For this group, the percentage has risen from 14 to 15 per 100,000 people in ten years.

Young people are more likely to be aware of the link between UV radiation and skin cancer than older generations, external scientists suggest.

This could mean they are more likely to take precautions in the sun, compared to older people, who grew up when less was known about the dangers of tanning.

Many people also took advantage of the boom in cheap package holidays that began in the 1960s, researchers say.

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