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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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What is Melanoma?

  • Melanoma is a cancer that usually starts in the skin, either in a mole or in normal-looking skin. About half of all melanomas start in normal-looking skin.
  • The number of people developing melanoma is continuing to rise. More than 10,600 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma each year.
  • Melanoma is more common in women, particularly young women. In the UK it’s the most common cancer in people aged 15–34.
  • In women the most common place to develop melanoma is on the legs; in men it’s on the chest and the back.

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