London: People over 60s are now about fivetimes more likely to suffer from deadly skin cancer because oftheir cheap foreign holidays and sun beds 30 years ago. The Cancer Research UK study found that the risk of skincancer has more than quadrupled in the last three decades asthe older generations suffer the effects of the first massholidays to sunny foreign destinations.
"Already, skin cancer is predicted to become the fourthmost common cancer for men and for women in the UK by 2024. "We must continue to try and stop this pattern ofbehaviour or melanoma rates in future generations will hit anall time high." She said people should use a high factor sunscreen andavoid the temptation to redden or burn in order to get a tan. Those with fair skin, freckles and lots of moles shouldalso take extra care in the sun, she advised. Over 10,000 cases of malignant melanoma are diagnosedonly in the UK each year, the analysis by Cancer Research UKsaid and predicted that by 2024, rates of the disease inpeople aged 60 to 79 will rise by a third. UK death rates have more than doubled from 1.2 per100,000 in 1971 to 2.6 per 100,000 in 2007, according to thereport. PTI
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