Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and rates continue to rise, with around 16,700 new melanoma skin cancer cases and more than 210,000 new non-melanoma skin cancer cases every year according to Cancer Research UK.
Since the early 1990s, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer incidence rates in the UK have more than doubled. Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer, causing more than six deaths every day. Melanoma is disproportionately high in young adults and is one of the biggest killing cancers in 15 to 34-year-olds.
Despite these worrying statistics, up to 90% of skin cancer cases in the UK are preventable. We know that children who suffer from frequent or severe sunburn are at much greater risk of developing skin cancer as adults.
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