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A review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that first exposure to sunbeds before the age of 35 years increases the risk of melanoma 75 per cent.
According to Cancer Research UK around 12,800 cases of melanoma were diagnosed in 2010 in the UK, that’s around 35 people every day.
According to Cancer Research UK malignant melanoma incidence rates in Britain have more than quadrupled over the last thirty years.
Over the last thirty years, rates of malignant melanoma in Britain have risen faster than any of the current top ten cancers.
More than two young adults (aged 15-34) are diagnosed with malignant melanoma every day in the UK, and it is the second most common cancer in this age group.
The most common site for men to develop a malignant melanoma is on the chest or back. For women it is on the legs.
There are 2 main types of non melanoma skin cancer. They are named after the types of skin cells from which the cancers develop. Basal cell skin cancer (the most common type of skin cancer) and squamous cell cancer.
The British Association of Dermatologists recommends that fair skinned individuals who avoid sun exposure to minimise the risk of melanoma should consider replacing their vitamin D levels after consultation with a doctor.