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Skin cancer warning after dramatic rise in UK deaths


Britons have been urged to take care in the sun after a dramatic rise in skin cancer deaths in the UK.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show that in the early 1970s, 1.5 people out of every 100,000 died of skin cancer.

By 2017 this was 3.8 per 100,000 – a rise of 153% – with 2,357 deaths in the UK attributed to skin cancer.

Cancer Research UK said the increase in skin cancer deaths was greatest among men, with their rates now three times higher than in the 1970s.

Skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with more than 16,000 people diagnosed each year, but nine in 10 cases are caught early, the charity added.


It has warned the vast majority of cases are linked to too much sun or using sunbeds.

This year the UK has seen UV levels which have been among its highest ever recorded.

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