Friday, March 18, 2022
According to figures, the number of patients now being admitted to hospitals for skin cancer treatment in the UK has risen by almost a third in five years.
Massively, an increase of 36,123 patients in five years is causing alarm with health officials. In 2007, 87,685 people were admitted to the hospital for treatment, whilst 123,808 patients were admitted in 2011.
According to Cancer research statistics, in the UK from 2016 - 2018, there was an average of 16,744 new cases of melanoma skin cancer and 2,333 deaths each year.
According to experts, cheaper foreign holidays are to blame, as the ‘fashion of having tanned skin’ has all but taken over. A considerable number of patients needed treatment on their neck/head.
The figures show that, as well as skin cancer being on the rise, admissions for other types of skin cancer – malignant melanoma – are also on the rise. The total cost of the treatment loses the NHS more than £95m a year.
Although skin cancer is serious, most forms of the disease can be avoided by not exposing your skin to excess levels of sunlight, as this is the main cause of several cancers.
Whilst the public’s awareness of the danger UV light poses has seen an improvement, several people are still taking risks and getting burnt all in the name of having tanned skin. Experts suggest that several skin cancer cases could have easily been avoided through patients taking better care of their skin in the sun’s harmful rays, using several skincare products that are widely available on today’s market.
Whilst sunburn is a common complaint amongst sunbathers, having it can double your chances of developing melanoma, a form of cancer. With the ever-increasing amounts of holidaymakers taking risks with their skin, we advise you not to do the same.