Rise in skin cancer linked to cheap holidays

Sunny Beach, BulgariaThe boom in cheap package holidays since the 1970s has been blamed for the sharp rise in the most dangerous form of skin cancers.

According to new figures by Cancer Research UK, rates of malignant melanoma are now five times higher in the UK than they were 40 years ago.

Researchers have put the rise down to the increasing affordability of holidays to sunny European destinations and the use of sunbeds.

More than 13,000 people now develop this form of cancer each year, compared with 1,800 in 1975.

Nick Ormiston-Smith, head of statistics at Cancer Research UK, said: “Since the mid-1970s, malignant melanoma incidence rates in the UK have increased more rapidly than any of today’s 10 most common cancers.

“Holidays in hot climates have become more affordable and sunbeds are more widely available since the 1970s. But we know over-exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun or sunbeds is the main cause of skin cancer. This means, in many cases, the disease can be prevented, and is why it’s essential to get into good sun safety habits, whether at home or abroad.

“The good news for those that are diagnosed is that survival for the disease is among the highest for any cancer; more than eight in 10 people will now survive it.”

Sourced by TTG Digital

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