Skin cancer rate for men rises by HALF in ten years

Skin cancer rate for men rises by HALF in ten years: Cases of potentially deadly melanoma are soaring, figures show

  • Rates among men have leapt by 47% in ten years, compared to 30% for women
  • Has been an 8 per cent increase in death rates for men over same time period
  • Experts said figures showed men are more likely to be diagnosed at later stage

Cases of a potentially deadly skin cancer in men have risen by almost half in a decade, a charity has warned.

Figures show that rates of melanoma among men have leapt by 47 per cent in ten years, compared with a 30 per cent increase among women.

And there has been an 8 per cent increase in death rates for men over the same time period, compared with a 5 per cent drop for women.

Experts said the ‘worrying’ figures highlighted how men were more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage of the disease, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

They urged people to be particularly careful this summer with high levels of staycations expected, warning that the sun can be just as strong in Britain as it is abroad.

Cases of a potentially deadly skin cancer in men have risen by almost half in a decade, a charity has warned 

Official figures analysed by Cancer Research UK show that melanoma skin cancer rates in men rose from around 20 cases per 100,000 people in 2005-2007 to 29 cases per 100,000 in 2015-2017, the most recent data available.

For women the rate rose from around 19 cases per 100,000 people in 2005-2007 to 25 cases per 100,000 in 2015-2017.

Michelle Mitchell, the charity’s UK chief executive, said: ‘These figures are worrying – getting sunburnt just once every two years can triple the risk of skin cancer, so it’s important that everyone knows how to protect themselves.

‘Seeking shade, covering up and applying sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and four or five stars both regularly and generously can help you to stay safe in the sun.

‘With staycations looking to be the norm for many this year, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that UK sun can be every bit as strong as when we are abroad.

‘The same advice still applies, and if something doesn’t feel right or you notice any changes to your skin, talk to your GP.’

The charity said changes to skin on men are often found on their torso, potentially because of going shirtless. If the unusual changes, such as moles, are on men’s backs they can be harder to spot.

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with around 16,200 new cases each year.

Cancer Research UK said almost nine in ten cases are preventable.

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