Over the last few decades the incidence of skin cancer has increased dramatically. Currently malignant melanoma - the most deadly form of skin cancer - is the fastest growing cancer in the UK. Yet if the most deadly form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, is caught in its early stages the majority of cases can be cured. However if it is not found until later, when it has spread, it is much more difficult to treat and the survival rate after 5 years is less than 5%.
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What causes skin cancer? Sun exposure is the main cause of malignnant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. (In the UK around 11,000 cases of malignant melanoma each year are linked to excessive exposure to sunlight and the use of sunbeds)
Other factors that influence the risk of skin cancer are:
Whether you are in the UK or abroad, protect your skin by:
Look out for:
Visit your GP immediately if you notice any unusual changes to your skin or moles
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