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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Skin cancer rates up 39pc in a decade

THE rate of the most common forms of skin cancer rose by up to 39pc between 2002 and 2011, new figures show.

The National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) found that between 1994 and 2011, an average of 6,899 cases of invasive skin cancer were diagnosed each year.

Around 8pc were malignant melanoma, which is the most serious form of the disease.

It said there was little overall change in incidence rate for non-melanoma skin cancer, with rates in females remaining fairly level and a slight decline in males.

"Rates of both BCC and SCC have subsequently increased and for both sexes," it said.

The report pointed out that there are very few deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer and it accounts for fewer than 50 deaths annually.

Irish Independent

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