Skin Cancer Threat in Males Increasing

Skin Cancer Threat in Males Increasing

The rate that the male population that die from the deadliest forms of skin cancer has increased rapidly over the past three decades. Figures published by Cancer Research UK have shown a sharp increase in death from malignant melanoma, especially in elderly men.

Figures from the late 1970’s show that fewer than 400 (1.5 per 100,000 males) men were dying of skin cancer, however recent figures show that figure has now more than doubled with over 1,100 (3.1 per 100,000 males) dying yearly.

These figures are surprising, considering that this form of cancer is preventable if noticed early and exposure to sunburn is avoided. Coincidentally, the rate for women has also risen, from 1.5 to 2.2. Per 100,000.

Furthermore the study shows that although more women are diagnosed with the disease, more men actually die from the disease.

The death rate from skin cancer in male’s increases with age, in men aged over 65 the rate of death has risen from 4.5 per 100,000 to 15.2 per 100,000 over the last three decades. Advice from Cancer Research UK states that men need to do be more vigilant and do more to look after their skin.

The findings imply that either men are not aware of the symptoms of skin cancer or, typically men are simply ignoring their symptoms and putting off the trip to the doctors when, in fact it is vital to go to the doctors as soon as any unusual changes in skin conditions are noted. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chance that the cancer will be treatable and the patient recover with no lasting effects.

The problem in the UK is we are not used to having a lot of hot, sunny weather. So when we do, people tend to make the most of it and expose themselves for longer periods, increasing the risk of sunburn, and in turn skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Threat in Males Increasing

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