Over-exposure to the sun can cause accelerated ageing,
skin cancer, cataract and other eye disorders.
The following information is from Sunsmart (Cancer
Research UK) and Melanoma Foundation UK:
About Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the
UK and the number of people who get it is increasing. Most skin
cancers are caused by damage from UV (ultraviolet) rays in the sunlight or sunbeds.
Many of these cancers could be prevented if we protect ourselves from the
A Serious Problem:
- In 2011 over 100,000 people were diagnosed with skin cancer
in the UK and over 13,000 were diagnosed with malignant melanoma (Source)
- Over 2,000 people die from skin cancer each year
in the UK.
- Incidences of skin cancer have more than quadrupled since the late 1970s.
In fact, there are more skin cancer deaths in the
UK than in Australia, even though Australia has more cases of the
For more statistical information see: Statistics
Types of Skin Cancer
There are two main types of skin cancer:
- Malignant melanoma - the most serious and potentially fatal type of
- Non-melanoma skin cancer - more common and easily
For more information about Skin Cancer refer to:
Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc in Australia: http://www.skincancer.asn.au
Sunsmart UK (Cancer Research UK): http://www.sunsmart.org.uk
MacMillan Cancer Support:http://www.macmillan.org.uk/
Recent progress in treating melanoma:Cancer Research