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UK skin cancer deaths higher in men than women

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More men are dying from melanoma skin cancer than women in the UK, Cancer Research UK is warning as the country's heatwave continues.

Rates of the cancer, which can develop in sun-damaged skin, have been rising in both men and women in recent years.

Late diagnosis may be part of the reason why men are faring worse.

Melanoma is treatable if it is diagnosed early - the charity is urging people to take care in the sun and get any unusual skin changes checked.

Melanoma death rates have improved for women in the last 10 years, but not for men.

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research, says the figures "drive home the importance of sun safety".

"We all need to take steps to protect ourselves from the sun's harmful UV rays. Getting sunburnt just once every two years can triple your risk of skin cancer," she adds.

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Source: BBC News, 15 July 2022

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