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Binge Tanning Behind Malignant Melanoma in the UK

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Every habit that becomes an addiction is alarming, whether it is bad in itself or not. So is the case with tanning. Recently, it has been founded that binge tanning has become one of the major reasons behind a lethal kind of skin cancer “Malignant Melanoma” in the UK. This report has been provided by a leading cancer charity of England; Cancer Research UK.

Number of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma has gone to dangerously high limits. According to the figures released by Cancer Research UK the diagnosed people in the UK are 10,400. This is an all time high figure.

According to experts, this is a serious situation that must be taken care of. They think that binge tanning is the most important reason behind malignant melanoma, either people do it at their home town or when they go on vacations.

Sara Hiom who is the director of Cancer Research UK told the press that this figure is highly alarming. According to the scientists at Cancer Research UK, the figures for diagnosed people with this lethal cancer will reach 15,500 by the year 2024 that will make malignant melanoma the fourth biggest killing cancer for all ages.

Since 1970s, the rates of malignant melanoma in the UK have raised significantly in terms of cases per 100,000 of population; from 3.4 per 100,000 in 1977 to 14.7 per 100,000 in 2006.

Women are being diagnosed more than males, whereas men are more likely to die with this killer cancer than women. Hiom said, “But, crucially, if people are careful not to redden or burn, especially if they have fair, freckly or moley skin then most cases of malignant melanoma could be prevented.”

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2 comments

Stages of melanoma January 22, 2010 - 1:34 am

Malignant Melanoma is a type of cancer which originates on skin. It can appear as a mole. It is even found in younger age bracket. It appears in the leg for females and for males, it is found on chest or back area. Those who have dark skin tone, are less likely to develop melanoma. Immediately diagnosing is very important, else it can worsen the situation. If anyone observes symptoms of it, should consult to doctor immediately.

Sun Safety February 2, 2010 - 12:43 am

I’ve searched for “Melanoma” and found your site. Thanks for your post ^_^

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