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'Fashion statement' tanning blamed for cancer rise

The British Association of Dermatologists (ABD) blamed the surge in cases of skin cancer on people taking more holidays to hot countries and tanning as a "fashion statement".

ABD spokesman Johnathon Major said more needed to be done to communicate the risks of "unmediated sun exposure".

"As holidays to sunny locations become cheaper and tanned skin remains a desirable fashion statement, we have seen an inevitable increase in skin cancer incidence rates and the associated health and financial burden they place on the nation.

– Johnathon Major, ABD spokesman

'Significant' rise in skin cancer cases in last five years

The number of people being admitted to English hospitals with skin cancer has risen by 41% in just five years, according to new figures.

Public Health England figures show admissions for both non-melanoma skin cancer and malignant melanoma rose from 87,685 in 2007 to 123,808 in 2011.

Applying sun cream is one way to ward off the danger of skin cancer.
Applying sun cream is one way to ward off the danger of skin cancer. Credit: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The study also found that the overall cost of inpatient treatment for skin cancers in 2011 was more than £95 million.

The British Association of Dermatologists said skin cancer was largely preventable and more needed to be done to educate people about the "serious risks" of exposure to the sun.

Read: New warning over sunbed cancer risk

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Gap narrows as Independence referendum approaches

As decision day for Scotland fast approaches, another opinion poll appears to confirm the gap between pro-independence and anti is narrowing fast.

The YouGov poll in tomorrow's Sun newspaper suggests a 22% gap of less than a month ago has closed to six.

Among those who have decided which way they are going to vote, 53% are against independence, with 47% for it.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports.

More: Salmond urges 'missing million' to register to vote

Pro-Russian rebels advance against government forces

Pro-Russian rebels have advanced against government forces during fighting around the airports in Luhansk and Donetsk, as well as moving toward the strategic port of Mariupol.

Separatists also killed two sailors when a Ukrainian naval vessel was hit by artillery fired from the shore - the first such attack since the conflict began in April.

ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates reports from Donetsk:

Ashya case pits parents against doctors and police

The case of Ashya King has pitted his parents against his British doctors - and for that matter the police here too. The authorities' responsibility towards the boy appears to have trumped those of his parents.

ITV News health editor Catherine Jones has been looking at who should be deciding Ashya's best interests:

Read: Ashya King's relatives attack parents' arrest in Spain

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Parents remain behind bars almost 300 miles from Ashya

The couple who took their seriously ill son to Spain are to be kept in jail in Madrid - nearly three hundred miles from his new hospital bed in Malaga. A judge told them they could be there for three days while he decides whether to extradite them to Britain.

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia has the latest from the court where they appeared:

Read: Ashya King's relatives attack parents' arrest in Spain

Poll: UK Public 'oppose airstrikes on Islamic State'

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa.
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa, Iraq. Credit: Reuters

The majority of the British public still oppose airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to a poll.

Research by ComRes for the Independent found 35% of people thought the UK should take the action, compared to 50% who disagreed.

The idea of committing ground troops is even less popular, with just 20% in favour and 69% opposed.

The findings emerged after David Cameron again refused completely to rule out joining an international air campaign against IS.

Some 61% supported taking away the passports and citizenship of Britons suspected of joining the extremist group.

ComRes interviewed 1,001 adults by telephone between August 29 and 31. Data were weighted to represent the population and by past vote recall.

More: Communities need help to stop extremism at its roots

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