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Dramatic rise in skin cancer rates

Dramatic rise in skin cancer rates Credit: ITV News West Country

The rates of people diagnosed with skin cancer are now five times higher than 40 years ago, according to Cancer Research UK.

More than 13,000 people now develop the disease every year compared with around 1,800 in 1975.

They say the rise is partly down to an explosion in package holidays to Europe and the increasing popularity of the “must-have” tan often achieved only after damaging sunburn. The boom in sunbed use has also helped to fuel the increase in skin cancer.

Surge of scarlet fever in the South West

New figures have revealed an alarming rise in the number of cases of scarlet fever in the South West.

The number of cases of scarlet fever has increased by almost a quarter in the last year. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

According to Public Health England, there were 239 cases in 2013 to 2014 compared to 96 in 2012 to 2013.

Since last year there's been an increase of 23.5% in the number of scarlet fever cases in the South West.

The agency says it's investigating the reasons behind the increase.

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Fisherman want Scallop stocks assessment

British and French fishermen are calling on the government for more scientific studies into Scallop stocks in the channel. It comes after they met in Brixham this week to discuss the sustainability of scallops.

It's an industry that's worth 54 million pounds in the UK. The two day conference was set up to encourage the two countries to work together.

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Family health services in crisis

Family health services in the West Country are facing a crisis as stressed GPs threaten to leave their jobs according to a report by the British Medical Association.

Sixty percent are considering retiring early while over a third have set a date to do so. They say the reason is long hours and high workloads. The BMA claim some practices across the region are already staring at a funding and recruitment crisis.

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