Sunbeds and cheap holidays cause rise in skin cancer

14 June 2013

Skin cancer is more common in women from the north of England, according to new health research. Experts have found that Northern women use sunbeds and go on cheap holidays to sunny locales, hence the rise in cancer cases. Researchers say rates are highest in women aged between 10 to 29 years old.

Previously, the South had higher cancer rates, due to longer hours of sunshine, increased exposure to ultravoilet rays, and greater affluency, resulting in more trips to warm climates. However, as cheap holidays have become increasingly accessible, the roles have reversed. Lead researcher Sarah Wallingford agreed, saying the affordability of holidays to tropical destinations is the primary cause of increasing melanoma rates.

Currently, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, with more than 100,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. Melanoma rates have increased 400 per cent over the past three decades. If you’re worried you might have skin cancer, consult a doctor to determine whether you need a skin excision of malignant lesion.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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