Cancer is a malicious and malevolent condition. Every year the disease takes the lives of thousands of Britons from their families and years they could have lived. The disease comes in various forms and can appear anywhere on or inside the body, including the skin. Although not one of the most common cancers in the UK, skin cancer is set to increase in prevalence according to a new study.

Figures from the NHS suggest one in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

Cases have been rising steadily in recent years, reaching record highs.

Experts say these figures will only rise further.

Dr Tanya Bleiker, President of the British Association of Dermatologists, said: “We are fast approaching a quarter of a million cases a year in England.”

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Dr Bleiker added: “While more needs to be done to prevent skin cancer, we also need to increase the resources available to tackle the rise.”

There are two types of skin cancer, melanoma and non-melanoma.

Non-melanoma is the most common and least dangerous of the two.

The NHS describes this form of skin cancer as one “that slowly develops in the upper layers of the skin”.


The mantra of getting checked quickly is one applicable to all cancers.

Even if a lump, bump, pain, or an ache does not turn out to be cancer, it is far better to go through the rigmarole of getting it checked than leaving it and finding action could have been taken sooner.

Statistics say one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime.

More information about skin cancer and other variants of the disease are available on the NHS website.

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