Skin cancer - A to Z
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There are two main types of skin cancer: non-melanoma skin cancer, which is very common, and malignant melanoma, which is less common but more serious. Around 10,400 cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year in the UK. It is estimated that at least 100,000 people get non-melanoma skin cancer every year in the UK.
Excessive exposure to the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. Using sunbeds also increases the risk of skin the disease. People with a close family member who has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma also have a greater than average risk of the cancer.
Cancer Research UK is one of the major funders of skin cancer research in the UK. We also play a vital role in raising public awareness of skin cancer, early symptoms and the dangers of too much sun exposure, through our national SunSmart campaign.
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- April 2009 podcast transcript
- Cancer incidence projections for selected cancers
- Dr Fiona Bath-Hextall
- June 2009 podcast transcript
- Our policy on sun awareness
- Prof Alan Storey
- Prof Irene Leigh
- Prof Tim Bishop
- Skin cancer Key Stats
- Skin cancer mortality statistics
- Skin cancer risk factors
- Sun and UV: cancer, sunburn and sunbeds
- Sunbeds and skin cancer risk
- April 2010 podcast transcript
- Check your skin for signs of skin cancer
- Dr Michaela Frye
- Our impact on skin cancer
- Our progress and achievements from 1902 to 1959
- Prof Fiona Watt
- Prof Richard Marais
- Professor Mark Middleton
- Skin cancer incidence statistics
- Skin cancer research
- Skin cancer survival statistics
- Sunbed use in children
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