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Skin cancer deaths rates soar, mostly for men: study

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Recently a medical conference was held in Glasgow. Researchers there presented the fact that since 1985, the rate of death among men is rapidly increasing due to Skin Cancer. Moreover, in women, this rate is slower even declining.

There are no clear reasons for this death rate difference. Researcher Dorothy Yang, a doctor at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in London, told AFP that according to the theory Males are “less likely to protect themselves from the sun” or heed public health warnings.

Reasons for melanoma cancers:

According to the report given by US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), skin cell damage from exposure to the sun or other sources of ultraviolet (UV) radiation such as tanning beds are the main reasons of more than 90 percent of melanoma cancers.

The rate of Death among Men increased unpredictably:

Researchers examined 18 different countries. Further, they found that in 08 countries men’s skin cancer death rates increased over three decades by at least 50 percent. Even, in Ireland and Croatia, the death ratio just doubled.

  • Men’s skin cancer death rates increased by 70 percent in Spain and Britain
  • In the Netherlands, the death rate of men due to Skin Cancer jump to 60 percent
  • Furthermore, in France and Belgium, the Men’s skin cancer death rates increased by 50 percent
    In the United States, which was not include in the study, male melanoma mortality went up by about 25 percent, according to CDC statistics.

The latest research also prove the condition that countries with the largest increment in skin cancer deaths were often not with the most elevated mortality rates

– Ozone hole silver lining –

Let’s take an example of country Australia:

From every 10,000 men in Australia, around 06 of them surrender to Skin Cancer death. The statistics shown were twice the second highest death rate country i.e. Finland, but only a 10% increase compared to 30 years earlier

Before presenting the statistics in 2018 UK National Cancer Research Institute Conference, Researcher Dorothy Yang told AFP (Agence France-Presse) that “Since the 1970s with the motive to promote ‘sun-smart’ behavior, Australia has been the foremost implementer of public health media campaigns”.

30 years of public health campaigns have no doubt made people residing in Australia extremely conscious about the skin cancer danger.

The debate between researchers is still continuing. The Records of Australia’s skin cancer rate stems from depletion of UV-filtering ozone in the stratosphere. 30 years of public health campaigns have no doubt made Australians acutely aware of the dangers.

The so-called “ozone hole” was especially big over Australia when the efforts kicked off.

The rate of Death among Women is far less than that of Men:

Yang and three colleagues reported that while researching they get surprised result. The rate of Female deaths due to Skin Cancer in Australia just half when compared to men. Moreover, in the next 30 years, the rate of death among women declined by 10%.

Apart from Australia, there are many other countries where the death rate in Women Decline over the same period. Countries with declining death rate in Women are:

  • Austria (09 percent),
  • Czech Republic (16 percent),
  • Israel (23 percent).

On the other hand, in countries like Romania, Sweden, and Britain there were slight increases. Continuing about the research, Yang said that Scientists are inspecting whether biological or genetic factors might also play a role in skin cancer, but findings so far are questionable.