01/05/2014

Number Of Melanoma Cases Increase

There has been a steady increase in the number of melanoma cases, it has been revealed.

This month, which is Melanoma Awareness Month, will make children its focus this year as cases continue to rise.

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Patrick Ormonde is quoted in reports as saying there has been a 44% rise in young women being diagnosed with melanoma after damaging their skin when they were younger. It can take melanoma between 15 and 30 years to manifest itself, with diagnoses increasing by around 5% each year.

Dr Ormonde added: "The damage your five or ten-year-old will have done by sunburn or being exposed to high levels of sun will affect them in their 20s or 30s. We're beginning to see that already.

"There has been about a 44% rise in melanoma in young women. The reason for that is that damage was done previously, so it is now beginning to appear."

(JP)

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