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Tuesday June 25, 2024

Melanoma skin cancer to reach record high rates

People urged to use high-factor sunscreen, spend time in shade, cover up rather than risk sunburn

By Web Desk
May 27, 2024
Melanoma skin cancer cases are expected to rise. — Unsplash/File
Melanoma skin cancer cases are expected to rise. — Unsplash/File

Melanoma skin cancer cases are anticipated to reach a record high in the UK this summer, as experts are issuing a warning to people.

Caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet light from the Sun or tanning beds, rates of this skin cancer have increased by almost a third in a decade, according to Daily Mail.

Research suggests that 20,800 cases of the disease could be expected this year as the summer holidays are approaching fast.

People have been urged to use high-factor sunscreen, spend time in the shade, and cover up rather than risk sunburn, as revealed by the figures from the charity Cancer Research UK.

Getting a tan before going on holiday, has also sparked a fresh warning about the dangers of using a sunbed.

Melanoma often starts as a new mole or a change in a mole that people already have.

When it has spread to another part of the body, chemotherapy, which kills cancer cells, is sometimes used to treat advanced melanoma.


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