Various health promotion groups have urged people to use suncream more than before because the rates of skin cancer have been increasing alarmingly. A recent study has shown that in the past 15 years the number of people suffering from skin cancer in Northern Ireland, who are over 50 years old, has dramatically increased.
The most dangerous form of this type of cancer has risen by 30 percent in the country for people who are aged between 50 and 59 years old. This means that one person every week is being diagnosed with this dangerous disease and it has become one of the most common types of cancer for those who are over 50 years old.
Since the mid-1990s there has been a significant shift in the number of people getting the disease. Researchers are speculating that one of the main reasons why the disease is becoming so prevalent now in older people is because they were some of the first people to use tanning beds when they first came out.
A spokesperson for Cancer Research U.K is Jean Walsh and she has commented, “It is important that people realise that if this type of cancer is caught in its early stages then it can be prevented from spreading around the body, and dramatically increase the chance of someones survival.
“We want to make sure that everyone understands the symptoms and signs of skin cancer so that they get any suspicious skin checked out by their doctor as soon as possible. If your skin changes in some way it is very important to talk to your doctor as quickly as possible so that treatment can be pursued.”
It is well known that exposure to the sun can be damaging for the skin and potentially cause skin cancer. For this reason, people are being urged to use suncream when they are outside in order to protect themselves from developing this deadly disease in the future.