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Skin Cancer Growing Rapidly For Senior Citizens in the United States

Jaclyn Hughes

When you think of skin cancer, you may automatically presume that it is more prevalent in cities where there is an abundance of sun and sand, but new research is showing that may not always be the case. For instance, take the United Kingdom for example, many would say places such as London are considered to be extremely rainy, cloudy areas, but the newest medical evidence suggests that senior citizens in the UK are reaching record high numbers of melanoma diagnosis’s. Some 10,000 adults in the their beloved golden years were diagnosed the biggest malignant type of skin cancer; melanoma. So much for that theory that melanomas usually occur where it’s a sunny and warm environment all year long.

Just twenty years ago, that skin cancer number was a mere 3,100 cases confirmed according to the Cancer Research UK organization. Experts are advising that those outside in the sun often should always seek some form of shade during the peak sun ray hours, which are between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Wearing tops such as rash guards, or light t-shirts are great ideas as well considering that most skin cancer cases are found on the upper parts of the body, such as the face, chest, back or arms. Covering those prime areas of skin are rules to live by for seniors that can easily be affected by the sun, as well as pregnant women, and little ones.

Why is this number continuing to climb? The obvious reason of course, is that there are more people flocking to the UK for work or lifestyle changes, and when the population rises, naturally the number of cancer patients will climb right along with it. Doctors report that they are seeing an influx of patients over the age of 55 years old that were once sun worshipers, as back in the 1960’s through the 1980’s millions of men and women desired the look of being tan and having glowing skin. To achieve this look, many were happily willing to obtain sunburn as back then, people weren’t exactly well educated on the matter of sunburn and skin cancers like they are today. The seriousness of melanoma tumors didn’t start to really sink in until the 1990’s, and then for some, it was already too late to turn the condition of their skin back around. Always be proactive when going outdoors, even if you think it’s a hazy day as you can get sunburn even when you suspect your chances are incredibly slim.

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