Medindia

X

Skin cancer on the rise

by Medindia Content Team on  April 9, 2002 at 5:52 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Skin cancer on the rise
The incidence of skin cancer in men has increased by 12% in six years, according to the charity Cancer Research UK. About 6,500 people a year are now diagnosed with the disease, 3,000 of those are men.
Advertisement

One possible reason for the rise of melanomas in men is that they tend to occur more commonly on the back, whereas in women they are often on the lower leg and more noticeable. Up to 77% of cases are caused by exposure to the sun. An increase in foreign travel and outdoor activities such as water sports might also be to blame.

Advertisement
The survival rate for the disease is also worse among men than women over a five-year period. However survival rates from skin cancers are good if it the condition is caught early. Cancer experts say women have previously had higher rates of malignant skin cancer, probably because of the fashion for suntans. But now they are starting to listen to the warnings about skin cancer, and are protecting both themselves and their children.

Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All