'Fashion statement' tanning blamed for cancer rise

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

The British Association of Dermatologists blamed the rise on an increase in holidays to hot countries and people tanning as a "fashion statement".

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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. 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.

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