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Skin Cancer The Problem And Facts

Skin Cancer Information

RATES OF SKIN CANCER
ARE RISING FASTER THAN
ANY OTHER CANCER

and it is now one of the biggest cancer
killers in the 15-34 age group!

Skin cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer.
It is now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds.

Solar Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) is a known carcinogen.
It cannot be seen or felt and is the primary cause of skin cancer

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Sunburn is a reaction to UV radiation and is a clear sign that
you have seriously damaged your skin.

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Sunbeds are not safe - FACT! UV radiation from sunbeds can
cause serious and irreparable damage and cause melanoma

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Worried about Vitamin D? Know the facts and how much sun
we need to produce the required daily levels.

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Our skin is our body’s largest organ that performs a variety of
vital functions - learn how UVR affects and damages our skin

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All skin types can be damaged by UVR, but some skin types
and family history of skin cancer can mean you are more at risk

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Skin Cancer - The Problem.

Rates of skin cancer are increasing faster than any other cancer in the UK, with figures doubling every 10-20 years. More than 12,000 cases of Melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease are diagnosed every year in the UK and over 2,000 will die from the disease this year alone!

Skin Cancer - The Facts:

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.
  • More people die from skin cancer in the UK than in Australia.
  • Melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, is now one of the most common cancers in young adults aged 15-34 in the UK.
  • Over the last twenty-five years, rates of Melanoma in Britain have risen faster than any other common cancer.
  • Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun and/or sun beds
  • 7 people currently die each day as a result of skin cancer in the UK!
  • Approximately 12,800 (35 people per day) were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in
    2010 in the UK.
  • Malignant melanoma is almost twice as common in young women (up to age 34) as in young men, but more men die from it.
  • Worldwide, an estimated 200,000 people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2008.
  • Over 99,500 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer were registered in 2010 in the UK.
  • Like most cancers, skin cancer is more common with increasing age, but malignant melanoma is disproportionately high in younger people. More than one-third of all cases of malignant melanoma occur in people aged under 55.

Remember - the most important fact!

Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to UV radiation from the sun and/or sunbeds - that means that the majority of all skin cancers are preventable by undertaking simple sun safety measures. Make sure you follow the Five S's of sun safety!

Lady using a sunbed

Sunbeds can cause Melanoma
Find out the facts about indoor tanning.

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The following related topics may be of interest, please click on the tabs to learn more.

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Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
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Skin Cancer Prevention Top Tips
Skin Cancer Prevention Top Tips
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Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
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what you should be looking for...
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Spotlight Topics

Sun Safe Schools
Sun Safe Schools
National primary school accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach children and assist schools and parents on the importance of sun safety
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Sun Safe Nurseries
Sun Safe Nurseries
National pre-school accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach children and assist settings and parents on the importance of sun safety
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Sun Safe Workplaces
Sun Safe Workplaces
National workplace accreditation scheme developed by Skcin to teach outdoor workers and employers the importance of sun safety
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Virgin Holidays
Skcin have partnered with Virgin Holidays to target the most difficult ‘at risk’ group of holiday makers and active tan seekers for all year round awareness
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