Cancer Research reveals their new study that pensioners in the UK have the greatest tendency to get the most fatal form of skin cancer seven times more than when they were forty years ago .
The charity asserts that men at 65 are about 10 times more prone to have melanoma than those who lived during their parents’ time, older women though are around five times more possible to have it as well.
It was recently found that in the UK there are about 5,700 cases of melanoma cancer each year while in the middle of 1970 there were 600 cases.
Age may be vital on the risk of getting melanoma yet the increase is linked on cheap package holiday which grew more popular starting from the 1960s.
“It’s worrying to see melanoma rates increasing at such a fast pace, and across all age groups. “said professor Marais , a skin cancer expert in UK’s Cancer Research.
“It’s very important for people to take care of their skin in the sun. It’s also important for them to keep an eye on their skin and seek medical opinion if they see any changes to their moles, or even to normal areas of skin. Melanoma is often detected on men’s backs and women’s legs but can appear on any part of the body.”
Melanoma is considered the 5th most popular and the second most popular among ages 15 to 34. Around 2,100 Britons die of it each year.
Sue Deans a retired teacher at 69, with 3 children who is from Croydon, South London had a mole removed after being diagnosed with the disease in 2000.
” I was part of the generation where package holidays became affordable and you could go abroad nearly every year.
“I don’t think there was much understanding at the time about the impact that too much sun can have on your risk of getting skin cancer.
“And I loved the sun but suffered quite a bit of sunburn over the years.
“Now I make sure my grandson knows the dangers of getting caught out in the sun.”