Norfolk and Suffolk Skin Cancer Warning
6 April 2011, 16:16
A cancer expert is telling Heart she hopes some new research today will put under 35s off using sunbeds.
Cancer Research UK have released figures saying that two people under 35 are being diagnosed with skin cancer every day.
They are blaming people not using enough sun protection and using sunbeds.
The study has found the number of malignant melanoma have tripled in the 15 to 34 age group in the last 40 years.
Latest available figures show that the total number of cases of malignant melanoma for all ages increased from 10,800 in 2007 to 11,700 in 2008 – a rise of 8.5 per cent.
Caroline Cerny, Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart campaign manager, said: “It’s very worrying to see that the number of young adults being diagnosed with this potentially fatal disease has risen so dramatically, especially since cancer is typically a disease that affects older people.'