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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 - A major public health concern.

Skin cancer is not just a national, but a global public health concern. Cases of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are rising dramatically worldwide yet the disease is almost entirely preventable. Urgent action is required to educate the public about the damaging effects of UV, how to prevent skin cancer and how to detect the early signs and symptoms. Prevention and early detection saves lives!

  • Rates of skin cancer are increasing faster than any other cancer in the UK, with figures doubling every 10-20 years.
  • More than 210,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the UK with rates predicted to reach almost 400,000 per year by 2025.
  • Over 16,000 cases of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) are diagnosed every year in the UK. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2025, the number of cases of melanoma skin cancer in the UK will rise to 19,513.
  • According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 36 UK males and 1 in 47 UK females will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime and it is now one of the biggest killing cancers in the 15-34 age group.
  • Around 3448 people die from melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer each year in the UK
  • More people die from skin cancer in the UK than in Australia.
  • Around 90% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) making the disease almost entirely preventable.
  • In the UK it is estimated that the treatment of skin cancer costs the NHS more than £500m a year.

Remember - the most important fact!

Around 90% 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.

UVR The FactsSun Safety TipsEarly DetectionGet Involved
Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Booklet
Download all you need to
know in one handy little book
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Skin Cancer Prevention Top Tips
Skin Cancer Prevention Top Tips
Look after your skin and follow
the golden rules of sun safety
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Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
Skin Cancer - The Warning Signs
Learn how to check your skin and
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
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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