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Skin cancer cases in the UK hit record levels

Melanoma skin cancer cases have reached a record high in the UK, with an estimated 20,800 diagnoses expected this year, according to new analysis. Over the past decade, melanoma rates have surged by nearly a third, rising from 21 to 28 per 100,000 people between 2007-09 and 2017-19, reports Cancer Research UK.

The most significant increase of 57 percent was observed in individuals over 80, while those aged 25 to 49 saw a 7 percent rise.

Cancer Research UK highlighted that around 17,000 melanoma cases annually could be prevented, as almost 90 percent are due to excessive ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. UV rays from the sun can damage skin cell DNA, leading to skin cancer.

To reduce risk, the charity recommends seeking shade during peak sun hours (11am to 3pm), wearing protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, UV-protection sunglasses, and frequently applying sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and 4 or 5 stars.
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