Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Melanoma Cases in Rise in UK

sunbed Sunbed use increases the risk of melanoma
As reported by the BBC , more than two people under 35 in Britain are being diagnosed each day with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer.
Scientists blame this trend to increase in use of sunbeds before an age of 35 that may increase the chance of getting melanoma by 75%. Women are twice at risk in comparison to men.
The causative factor is the ultraviolet rays, as women want to tan their body using sunbeds. The rate of young women aged between 15 and 34 in Britain being diagnosed with malignant melanoma now is eight per 100,000. This compared to about four men per 100,000 for the same age group.
Malignant Melanoma is suspected when a pre-existing mole in the skin;
Title: Pathology: Patient: Melanoma Descriptio...Image  of Melanoma
  • Changes color or texture.
  • Increases in size.
  • Bleeds
  • Adjacent skin becomes thicker.
Melanomas in women are most common on the legs and in men they are most common on the trunk.
Under-18s are already banned from using sunbeds in Scotland, and in April 2011 the law will change in England and Wales to make it illegal.
The sun can safely be enjoyed and melanoma be prevented by avoiding getting burnt.
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