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BSF: Skin cancer awareness in UK still needs to improve

8th April 2011

Awareness of the danger of skin cancer still needs to be improved in order to curb recent increases in the prevalence of the disease, according to the British Skin Foundation (BSF).

Bevis Man, spokesman for the charity organisation, expressed hope that press coverage of cancer cases arising from sunbed use or exposure to the sun while abroad will help to change attitudes towards the condition.

He also stated that new laws banning under-18s from using sunbeds could help to address this problem.

The comments come in response to recent data from Cancer Research UK showing that the rate of malignant melanoma cases among 15-34 year olds has trebled since the late 1970s.

Mr Man described the scale of this increase as a surprise, but added that he hopes some of this can be attributed to improvements in detection methods over the last three decades.

However, he added: "This is definitively not a time to be complacent with our efforts to raise awareness about the skin cancer and how to avoid this largely preventable disease."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800492894-ADNFCR

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