Men’s skin cancer deaths have more than tripled since the 1970s . According to research, prompting renewed warnings from experts to stay safe in the sun.
Cancer Research UK found in 1973 that the death rate from skin cancer increased by 219% in men and 76% in women.
About 980 women and 1,400 men die from this disease every year. About six people die every day from this disease.
Melanoma, an incurable skin tumour . Is the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK, with 16,000 cases a year.
Cancer Research UK says almost nine in 10 cases of the disease are preventable.
According to the new data, experts say men are more likely to be diagnosed only at a later stage of the disease.
Men have often seen skin changes, possibly after going shirtless in the sun.
Experts have warned that this summer’s sunshine could be just as strong in Britain as it is abroad.
Men and women have been urged to take extra care the number of “staycations”. It expected to be high due to the current chaos at airports.
Chief executive of Cancer Research UK, Michelle Mitchell said .
” In UK , six people die by skin cancer every day . These numbers show the importance of sun safety.”
“We all need to take steps to protect from the sun’s harmful UV rays. A sunburn every two years can triple the risk of skin cancer.” said.
For England and Wales , a severe heat warning extended until Tuesday.
He urged extra caution over the next few days .Temperature can expected to hit record highs in the UK.
This weekend, remember to stay in as much shade as possible, cover up with clothing if you do go outside, and apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 regularly,” says Mitchell.
“ Tell your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in your skin . Most cases are not cancer, but if it is, an early diagnosis can make all the difference.” he advised.
Cancer Research UK also found that men were 69% more likely to die from skin cancer than women when age differences were taken into account.
While the death rate for women has fallen 9 percent over the past decade, there has been no change for men.
Why SKIN CANCER more common in men?
Since the 1970s, the increase in vacations and cheap trips to sunny destinations has increased exposure to the sun and increased the risk of skin cancer.
The death rate is rising faster for men than for women. The rate of skin cancer in men has jumped 47% in the last 10 years, compared to just 30% in women.
There is no definitive answer to why men are dying faster, but a survey by Cancer Research UK found that men are not paying attention to sun protection.
According to the survey, 84% of men know that sunburn can cause skin cancer, but they do not protect themselves from the sun. When asked why they didn’t protect themselves, 25% of men said they felt the sun wasn’t strong, and 23% admitted they didn’t think about protecting themselves.