Deaths from skin cancer are higher in men than in women: new analysis

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Deaths from skin cancer in the UK are higher among men than among women.

Cancer Research UK is an independent cancer research organization. In London – Examined records of deaths from skin cancer.

The group found that deaths from skin cancer in men with melanoma had increased by 219% since 1973.

Female melanoma death from skin cancer They are reported to have risen by 76% over the same period.

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Approximately 1,400 British men die each year from melanoma compared to 980 British women, the research center said in a press release on Thursday.

Melanoma deaths among women in the UK are reported to have dropped by 9% over the past decade. men in the country didn’t have the same luck.

“These numbers show that six people die from melanoma every day in the UK and it really proves the importance of sun protection,” said Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of the organization for cancer research.

“Most of the time it’s not cancer, but if it is, early diagnosis can be critical.”

“We all need to take steps to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays,” Mitchell continued.

“Getting sunburned[ed] just once every two years can triple the risk of skin cancer.”

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“If you notice any unusual changes in an area of ​​skin or nail, don’t delay telling your doctor,” Mitchell warned.

“Most of the time it’s not cancer, but if it is, early diagnosis can be critical.”

Visiting a dermatologist for an annual skin exam can help patients stay on top of new growths of moles and abnormal cells that are often associated with skin cancer.

Visiting a dermatologist for an annual skin exam can help patients stay on top of new growths of moles and abnormal cells that are often associated with skin cancer.
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The researchers suggest that the lack sunscreen and tanning beds and increased sun exposure may contribute to skin cancer risk.

Men who have been diagnosed with skin cancer often develop cancer on their torso, which may be related to shirtless habits, writes Cancer Research UK.

“This could make it harder to detect changes in the skin and potentially contribute to a higher rate of diagnosis at later stages in men,” the organization added.

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Cancer Research UK said it wants people to remember that sunburn damages skin cells and that this damage can accumulate over time.

Using sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer.

Using sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer.
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Taking precautions such as using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 daily, wearing clothing and finding shade are three ways people can reduce their risk of developing skin cancer.

Men diagnosed with skin cancer in the United Kingdom probably didn’t practice these precautions in the sun.

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Cancer Research UK partnered with Nivea Sun, a manufacturer of sunscreens owned by German skincare conglomerate Beiersdorf Global AG, to conduct a sun safety study in April that provided answers about men’s sun protection habits.

Prolonged exposure to the sun without sunscreen or protective clothing can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

Prolonged exposure to the sun without sunscreen or protective clothing can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
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Two thousand men in the UK were interrogated.

Eighty-four percent of survey respondents said they knew sunburn increased their risk of skin cancer, but less than a quarter said they “always protect themselves from the sun.”

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Of those who don’t take sun precautions, 25% said they don’t because they don’t think they should. Sun rays felt strong enough to do so, and 23% said they didn’t think about the sun at all.

In the US, men also have higher rates of skin cancer. diagnosis and mortality than women, according to the CDC.

From 2012 to 2016, there were approximately 77,698 cases of skin melanoma in the United States.

Males reportedly accounted for 45,854 of these cases, while females accounted for 31,845.

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During the same period, 9,008 Americans died from melanoma each year, including 5,930 men and 3,079 women.