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    Skin cancer cases in the United Kingdom have reached an all-time high, according to an analysis.

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    Melanoma skin cancer incidences in the UK have reached an all-time high, according to a report released on Friday by the UK’s independent cancer charity.

    According to a grim report by Cancer Research UK, the number of cases in the UK has risen to 17,500 every year. It cautioned that the figure might rise by roughly 50% over the following 20 years.

    The organisation stated that nearly nine out of ten skin cancer cases in the country are caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds because “it damages the DNA in our skin cells, which can build up over time and lead to skin cancer.”

    It also stated that the sun may not be “the only factor” contributing to the high number of cases, noting that older age is a major risk factor for cancer.

    “However, there is some positive news. “More people are noticing skin changes and seeking medical attention from their GP (general practitioner),” Cancer Research UK stated.

    Despite a record surge in diagnoses, skin cancer death rates have begun to drop, according to the report.

    “Our new analysis paints a mixed picture for cancer patients and the carers.” While it is encouraging that more people are seeking treatment for skin cancer early and survival is increasing, it is concerning that incidences of the illness may increase in the future years,” said Michelle Mitchell, the charity’s chief executive.

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