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41% increase in skin cancer over four years

Dermatologists attribute the 41% increase in skin cancer admissions to hospital over a four year period to cheap overseas holidays to sunny destinations, and the fashion for suntanned skin. The study being presented at The World Congress on Cancers of The Skin in Edinburgh later this week, also found that the total cost of impatient treatment for skin cancers in 2011 was more than £95million. 123,033 patients were admitted to hospitals in England for non-melanoma and malignant melanoma skin cancers in 2011 up from 87,665 cases in 2007, according to figures collated by Public Health England.

Dermatologists at The London Skin and Hair Clinic warn that “clearly the public are not taking the risk of skin cancer seriously. Skin cancer is largely preventable by avoiding excessive exposure to the sun, so more should be done to educate the public on the risks associated with sun exposure.”

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK with the number of sufferers the same as all other cancers combined. While the Dermatologists are not asking people to stop going on holidays to sunny destinations, they are encouraging them to be ‘sun-safe’ by avoiding the sun at the hottest times of the day and wearing a broad-spectrum sun-block (UVA and UVB) of 50+ SPF.

If you have a history of sun exposure, or have noticed any changes of size, shape, colour or texture in a mole on your body, you should plan to have it assessed by a Dermatologist.

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