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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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Risk factors and causes of melanoma

  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun - People who experience episodes of sunburn, especially where the skin blisters, are more at risk. It’s important for everyone to be aware of the damage that too much exposure to the sun can cause.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunbeds - Sunbeds give off artificial UV rays that damage the DNA and increase the risk of developing melanoma. The more you use a sunbed or lamp, and the earlier in life you begin using them, the greater your risk.

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