1 Skin cancer is very common Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland with over 11,000 new cases diagnosed in 2015. The National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) expects this number to double by 2040. 2 Two types of skin cancer Skin cancers are generally named after the cells in the skin where they grow. The two main types of skin cancer are melanoma and non-melanoma. Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common and least serious, as they are less likely to spread to other parts of the body. They tend to appear gradually and anywhere on the body, but predominately on areas that have been exposed to the sun. Melanoma skin cancers are less common but more dangerous as they can spread. 3 Over-exposure is to blame Nine out of every 10 cases of skin cancer are caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds. These are predominately the 'non-melanoma' skin cancers which present as a scab or sore that will not heal, a scaly or crusty patch of skin that is red or inflamed, or a flesh … [Read more...] about 9 facts about skin cancer, the most common cancer in Ireland
Sunbeds cause skin cancer
Tanning shops in Wirral are being warned over potentially dangerous sunbeds that produce damaging rays equivalent to the midday sun in Australia. Trading Standards and Environmental Health officers are testing tanning equipment at all sunbed shops and tanning salons in the borough – and so far eight have been found to be in breach of safety laws. The tests establish how much ultraviolet radiation (UVR) the sunbeds produce, which can increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Wirral Trading Standards says all sunbed shops should have sunbeds with a maximum UVR output of 0.3W/m2. This level equates to typical midday summer sun exposures in locations like Darwin, Australia, and Colombo, Sri Lanka. Thirteen premises have been visited so far, and eight found to be breaching regulations have agreed to have their sunbeds re-tubed with 0.3W/m2 tubes. Another 54 shops and salons are due to be tested soon. A spokesman said: “All users of sunbeds should expect the safest possible … [Read more...] about Is your sunbed shop using dangerous beds putting you at risk of skin cancer?
Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham will lead a debate today calling on the banning of sunbeds in the UK. The Conservative politician will take to the House of Commons calling for a ban on the beds as she fears they can cause skin cancer. Commercial sunbeds are banned in countries such as Australia and Brazil and Mrs Latham - whose brother died of melanoma a number of years ago - wants the UK to follow suit. Mrs Latham believes sunbeds in tanning studios and health spas can result in people contracting melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. In a column for the Derby Telegraph, she wrote: "According to the World Health Organisation, sunbeds which are used in tanning shops or at home, are as dangerous as smoking. Read More Health tips "Startlingly, people who have used a sunbed are 20 per cent more likely to develop melanoma later in life, compared to those who had never used one. "The effect on the young is even more worrying. Those who started using sunbeds before the age … [Read more...] about Derbyshire MP calls for sunbeds to be banned across the UK
skin cancer cases has gone up sharply in the last few years, the Dutch cancer institute IKNL said on Monday. The number of recorded cases has doubled since 1989 in absolute terms, when the institute started a national registration system. This, the IKNL says, is due to both population growth and the aging population. ‘Corrected for the increase in the average age, there was a rise in the number of people diagnosed with cancer between 1989 and 2011, but since then the figure has been stable,’ the institute said. The exception to this is in cases of skin cancer and the number of cases continues to climb, the institute said. Sunbathing and the use of sunbeds coupled with aging are the most important causes of skin cancer, particularly exposure at least 30 years ago. ‘The increase is skin cancer is also partly due to greater awareness and people having odd skin patches looked at,’ the institute said. Some 64% of people diagnosed with cancer are still alive after … [Read more...] about Cancer cases double in 30 years, skin cancer still on the rise
SILICONE breast implants can increase a woman's risk of stillbirth, skin cancer and arthritis, new research suggests. Women who have had boob jobs are 4.5 times more likely to have a stillbirth and nearly four times more likely to develop melanoma, a type of skin cancer. They are also six times more likely to develop the inflammatory condition rheumatoid arthritis. On top of that, women who have silicone implants are more likely to suffer surgical complications than those who opt for saline implants. Scarring in the breast tissue around the implant is more likely when the implant is silicone, researchers from University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston said. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), which approves medical supplies in the US, banned the use of silicone implants in the 1990s due to health concerns including cancer, tissue diseases and autoimmune diseases. But further research found no link between the breast implants and ill-health. In … [Read more...] about Breast implants increase your risk of skin cancer, stillbirth AND arthritis, experts warn