2 September 2014
According to a new study by Public Health England, the number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the past five years. Responding to the rise in figures, Professor Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is concerning that England has seen such a dramatic surge in hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment over the past five years. Today’s figures are a clear warning sign that the British public may still not be taking the risks of skin cancer seriously enough.
“What makes this even more alarming is that this is a largely preventable disease yet UK skin cancer death rates are amongst some of the worst in the world1.
“We all have a role to play in understanding and managing the increase in skin cancer hospital admissions. The public need to do more to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun and all political parties must ensure that cancer remains a top health priority ahead of the next general election.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. Skin cancer mortality statistics. Cancer Research UK:
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/types/skin/mortality/uk-skin-cancer-mortality-statistics (Accessed August 2014)
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