Anyone can develop skin cancer, but now, older people are being diagnosed with the life-threatening disease more than before.
In the 1960s, holidays abroad became very cheap and more and more people regularly travelled overseas to enjoy the hot weather.
Unfortunately, these people were not educated about the dangers of the sun. They were not aware that sunbathing and sunburn can cause skin cancer.
That’s why older people are now more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer.
Skin cancer can kill, so it’s important you know the risks. We have five videos in British Sign Language explaining the risks and symptoms.
Every year, 2,100 people die from skin cancer. 13,000 people are diagnosed with the most serious type, malignant melanoma.
Advice from Cancer Research UK
- Wear suncream, factor 15 or above, and regularly apply more.
- Cover your skin by wearing t-shirts and hats.
- Don’t use sunbeds.
You do not have to travel abroad to be at risk of developing skin cancer. You can be in your garden or go for a walk in the park and still get sun burnt.
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