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Skin cancer deaths on the rise in Scotland

14th March 2011

The number of Scots dying from skin cancer has increased markedly over the past few years, newly released figures show.

According to the latest data from the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), 194 people died from the disease – which is usually caused by over-exposure to strong sunlight – last year alone.

This represents a 20 percent increase on the figure recorded for 2007, suggesting adults north of the border are failing to heed official advice regarding the use of sun beds or exposure to the sun.

However, the Scotsman reports that the figures also reveal that deaths from a number of common killers are steadily declining among Scottish patients.

In particular, the number of people dying from coronary heart disease fell by 2.1 percent over the course of 2010, while deaths from strokes were also down.

This comes as scientists in Australia report an ongoing increase in cases of skin cancer among older men.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800459812-ADNFCR

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