Warning as skin cancer cases in the UK hit a record high.

A record high of skin cancer diagnoses has been reached in the UK, and the rate among persons over 55 has increased significantly.

In the UK, 17,500 people are diagnosed with melanoma each year, according to Cancer Research UK, a record number of cases across all age groups.

An increase in instances specifically among seniors 55 and older was noted by the charity.

Since the 1990s, case rates among people of this age have increased by 195 percent. According to statistics from 1993 to 1995, 21.3 out of every 100,000 adults over 55 received a melanoma diagnosis; from 2017 to 2019, there were 62.9 cases per 100,000.

The spike in incidence among individuals over 55 is “likely to be linked to trends toward having tanned skin and the boom in low-cost package holidays dating from the 1960s before people became more aware of skin cancer,” the charity added.

A record 26,500 instances of melanoma skin cancer per year might be diagnosed across all age categories by 2040, according to estimates from the organization. This would be a 50% increase over the next 20 years.

Although there are more cases, fewer people are dying from the illness, according to the report.

Melanoma is the fifth most common malignancy among skin cancers, and we know that 86% of cases that occur in the UK can be avoided.

Dr. Julie Sharp, head of health and patient information at Cancer Research UK, added: “Whether you’re on a vacation overseas or taking advantage of the nice weather at home, it’s vital to take precautions to lower your risk of developing skin cancer, especially if you burn easily. And keep in mind that sunburn can occur even on cloudy days; it’s not just something that happens on the warmest days.

The best ways to shield your skin from the sun’s rays when it’s strong are to stay in the shade and cover up with a T-shirt, hat, and sunglasses, especially between 11 am and 3 pm in the UK. Using sunscreen will shield you from the sun’s rays. Make sure to use a lot of it and to apply it frequently.

Melanoma symptoms might include the development of a new mole or changes to an existing mole.

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