Skin cancer cases in Hampshire have doubled

Basingstoke Gazette: Skin cancer cases in Hampshire have doubled Skin cancer cases in Hampshire have doubled

THE NUMBER of people diagnosed with skin cancer in Hampshire has doubled over the last 20 years, the Daily Echo can reveal today.

The shocking figures from Cancer Research UK show a dramatic increase in the cases of patients in the county fighting malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

The warning comes as the charity launches its campaign to encourage people to be safe in the sun this summer, in a bid to slash the number of people struck down with the disease.

The latest incidence rates show that around 22 people in every 100,000 are diagnosed with malignant melanoma in Hampshire every year, compared to just 12 per 100,000 people in the early 1990s.

This means that around 510 people are developing malignant melanoma in the region every year, marking a significant change since the early 1990s when just 220 people were diagnosed every 12 months.

Malignant melanoma is now the fifth most common cancer in the UK and more than 2,000 people die from the disease each year.

Rates have been increasing dramatically across the UK since the mid 1970s and they are now five times higher than they were 40 years ago.

Experts believe that the rise is partly down to an explosion in package holidays to Europe dating from the late 1960s and the increasing popularity of the “must-have” tan often achieved only after damaging sunburn. The boom in sunbed use has also helped to fuel the increase in skin cancer and better detection methods may also have contributed to the increase in the number of people diagnosed.

Helen Johnstone, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the south east, said: “We know overexposure to UV rays from the sun or sunbeds is the main cause of skin cancer. This means, in many cases, the disease can be prevented, so it’s essential to get into good sun safety habits, whether at home or abroad.

“This is why we’ve joined forces with Nivea Sun to raise vital awareness and funds for research. By following some simple tips and taking care not to burn – people can enjoy the sun much more safely this summer.

“Sadly more and more people in the south east are being diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year.

“But the good news is that survival is amongst the highest for any cancer. More than eight in ten people will now survive the disease.”

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9:31am Thu 1 May 14

SunbedBanUK says...

Unfortunately the media never show the whole picture when it comes to melanoma and how serious a disease this really is. I was diagnosed with melanoma in 1999 and had a wide level excision around the mole to remove any cancerous tissue. Anybody that gets diagnosed with melanoma will have at least 10 years of regular follow up checks in case of recurrence. I was discharged after 10 years clear thinking I was cured. Wrong!! Two years ago it returned into my lymph nodes and I had them removed a nasty painful operation. Two CT scans later and it had spread to my lungs. I am now an advanced melanoma patient with a terminal prognosis as there is no known cure. Melanoma is like the mafia "once you are in there is no getting out". It can return weeks, months or years later. A melanoma diagnosis will give you years of stress and anxiety and it is a brutal disease. Sunbeds should be consigned to the scrapheap and sun safety awareness education should be taught in every school as part of the national curriculum education and awareness is key to stop the rising incidence rates of this disease.
Unfortunately the media never show the whole picture when it comes to melanoma and how serious a disease this really is. I was diagnosed with melanoma in 1999 and had a wide level excision around the mole to remove any cancerous tissue. Anybody that gets diagnosed with melanoma will have at least 10 years of regular follow up checks in case of recurrence. I was discharged after 10 years clear thinking I was cured. Wrong!! Two years ago it returned into my lymph nodes and I had them removed a nasty painful operation. Two CT scans later and it had spread to my lungs. I am now an advanced melanoma patient with a terminal prognosis as there is no known cure. Melanoma is like the mafia "once you are in there is no getting out". It can return weeks, months or years later. A melanoma diagnosis will give you years of stress and anxiety and it is a brutal disease. Sunbeds should be consigned to the scrapheap and sun safety awareness education should be taught in every school as part of the national curriculum education and awareness is key to stop the rising incidence rates of this disease. SunbedBanUK
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