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'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

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