23rd July 2019
Figures released by Cancer Research UK show a drastic 45% rise in skin cancer rates in both young and old patients in the past ten years.
Cancer Research UK believes the spike can be attributed to the rise of package holidays in the 1970s and a more recent surge in cheap flights. The charity also said that people need to remember to protect their skin in the UK, as well as on holiday.
Our research also suggests that whilst the majority of people in the UK know they need to protect themselves from the sun when they’re heading to the beach, many are forgetting about the incidental sun damage that occurs during everyday activities.
 Cancer Research UK, Skin Cancer Rates Rocket by 45% (Internet) 2019 (cited 2019 July 18) Available from: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2019-07-18-skin-cancer-rates-rocket-by-45-in-10-years
 SunSense 2018 summer survey
 Cancer Research UK, Causes of Cancer, (Internet) 2019 (cited 2019 July 18) Available from: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/am-i-at-risk-of-sunburn
 Weather Atlas, Forecast and Climate London (Internet) 2019 (cited 2019 July 18) Available from: https://www.weather-gb.com/en/united-kingdom/london-climate
 Cancer Research UK, Melanoma skin cancer statistics, (Internet) 2019 (cited 2019 July 15). Available from: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/melanoma-skin-cancer
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