Cases of malignant melanoma on the rise in Wales

By Richard Lewis at July 24th, 2012

Cancer Research has released figures today showing that cases of the most dangerous form of skin cancer have more than quadrupled in Wales’ 50 -59 age group over the last 30 years.

The charity has suggested the rise maybe linked to the tanning culture of the 70’s, the era of cheap package holidays and sunbeds.

We’ve come a long way since then, most notably with the introduction of the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010. As well as stopping under 18s from using sunbeds, the Act also made it possible to go further through regulations in the future.

But we still have a long way to go. It is important to continue with public information campaigns to inform people on how to reduce the risks of developing skin cancer, and how to detect the early signs.

Melanoma is largely preventable by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays – and if caught early, it can be treated successfully. 

There are some fantastic awareness raising campaigns around at the moment and BMA Cymru Wales pledges its full support to such important causes.

Take a look at Cancer Research UK’s Sunsmart Campaign for further information on protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays: http://www.sunsmart.org.uk/

And check out this map of Wales to find out when the Tenovus Sunscreen Van will be near you to offer advice on how to enjoy the sun safely as well as handing out free sunscreen! Brilliant!

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