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Skin cancer fast spreading due to UV rays in UK

29 May, 2024 14:05

Skin cancer is fast spreading in the UK due to the intense heat of the sun.

According to the BBC, the Cancer Charity, a cancer research organization, warned people living in the UK that the strong rays of the sun are causing skin cancer called melanoma.

The Cancer Research UK has warned that there could be a rise of 20,800 cases by the end of this year, which is higher that an annual average of more than 19,300 recorded between 2020 and 2022. It added that between 2009 and 2019, cancer rates increased by almost a third, from 21 to 28 in every 100,000 people diagnosed with the cancer.

The report further said that about 17,000 cases of melanoma could be prevented each year, with about 9 out of 10 being caused by too much ultraviolet radiation.

It stated that increasing awareness of the symptoms of skin cancer has led to rise in cases. Most cases of skin cancer are reported in the elderly, while the deadly disease is also diagnosed in the age group of 25 to 49 years.

Precautions: Experts advised to avoid going out in the sun between 11 am and 3 pm, wear full clothing that can protect you from the strong rays of the sun, and use sunscreen or sun block regularly.

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