- In 1981 there were about 480 50 to 59-year-olds diagnosed with malignant melanoma in Britain
- The figure soared to almost 1,950 a year by 2010, Cancer Research UK said.
- Almost five people a day are diagnosed with the melanoma in Britain - which can prove fatal if diagnosed at a late stage.
- Figures show that the number of cases of malignant melanoma across all age groups are on the rise.
- In 2010, 12,800 people in the UK were diagnosed with the disease compared with 12,100 in 2009.
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