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Skin cancer becomes more common in Ireland

Skin cancer is becoming worryingly common here in the UK and new statistics suggest this concerning trend is also occurring in Ireland.

Data from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) has revealed an average of 6,899 cases of this disease were recorded each year between 1994 and 2011. Slightly more than eight per cent of these were malignant-melanoma, which is the most severe form of the condition.

The organisation found cases of the two main non-melanoma forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squarmous cell carcinoma (SCC), have increased by 33 per cent and 39 per cent respectively between 2002 and 2011.

Skin cancer becomes more common in Ireland

The NCRI’s report also highlighted significant differences between skin cancer rates in males and females. A much higher number of men contracted SCC, which is associated with “chronic long term occupational sun-exposure”, which suggests males are a greater risk due to the fact they often spend more time working outside in the sun than women.

However, cases of BCC were much more common in both men and women overall and this variant of the disease has been linked to “acute sunburn events in childhood and intermittent adult exposure”.

Thankfully, only a small number of people who contracted SCC and BCC died as a result, with an average of less than 50 fatalities per year.

These statistics show how important it is to stay safe in safe in the sun and avoid getting burnt, as this is one of the primary causes behind rising skin cancer rates. Luckily, this is something everyone can do really easily by covering up and sticking to the shade when it’s sunny, as well applying suntan lotion to any exposed parts of your body.

A shade sail canopy is an ideal way to keep out of the sun and can be used at home and for a wide range of commercial purposes.

They are inexpensive and easy to install, with pre-made shades starting at less than £40.

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