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1 in 5 in England will contract skin cancer during their lifetime: Report

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London, April 30 (IANS) Around one in five people in England will contract skin cancer during their lifetime because of increased exposure to the sun and more foreign holidays, a media report said citing experts.

According to the Daily Mail, cases have hit a record level and the specialists believe an ageing population and improvements to how cancers are reported are behind the rise.

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Increasing exposure to the sun and more foreign holidays may also be to blame, the report said.

There were 224,092 skin cancers recorded in England in 2019, a rise of 26 per cent on the 177,677 recorded in 2013, according to figures analysed by the National Health Service (NHS) Digital and the British Association of Dermatologists.

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Between 2013 and 2019 the total was more than 1.4 million, as per the report.

“We are fast approaching a quarter of a million cases a year in England. We estimate that one in five people will have a skin cancer in their lifetime,” Tanya Bleiker, the association’s president, was quoted as saying.

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“While more needs to be done to prevent skin cancer, we also need to increase the resources available to tackle the rise,” Bleiker added.

A breakdown shows there were 15,332 melanomas in 2019, up from 12,885 in 2013. Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers but can be more deadly.

–IANS

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