Skin cancer rates on the rise in Scotland

11 March 2011

The number of people dying from skin cancer in Scotland has risen dramatically, according to the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS).

According to the body, last year, 194 Scots died following a skin cancer diagnosis - an increase of almost 20 per cent in the past three years.

The rise in skin cancer cases has been blamed by some health experts on the growing popularity of sunbeds.

Cancer deaths in general also rose - albeit by the more modest rate of 0.5 per cent. In total 15,595 lives were lost to cancer in Scotland during 2010.

This means that cancer was Scotland's biggest killer, accounting for almost a third of deaths in the country.

Health figures released by the GROS were not all bad news, however. Deaths from coronary heart disease and strokes were both down year-on-year - falling by 2.1. and 2.7 per cent respectively.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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