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Skin cancer cases rise

The number of men and women in their 50s suffering from the most dangerous type of skin cancer has quadrupled in the last three decades, figures suggest.

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Melanoma cases on the increase

  • 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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