English skin cancer diagnosis rates double in 20 years

September 22, 2016   //   No Comments

The Office for National Statistics recently published a report on skin cancer in England over 20 years.  Taking out the impact of an increasing and ageing population, the incidence rate has more than doubled since 1995.  Exposure to sunlight is a high risk factor. The number of UK residents going on holiday abroad doubled from 1980 to 1989.  Skin cancer is more common in older people, with 60% of newly diagnosed skin cancer cases being in people aged 60 and over, but it affects all ages.  Male skin cancer rates have increased at a greater rate than for females over the twenty years from 1995.  Early diagnosis of skin cancer results in higher survival rates.

Read the full ONS report here and learn about skin cancer on this NHS web page.