More women get it, but more men die from it
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer is one of the most common Cancers in the world.
More women get Skin Cancer, but more men die from it. This is a pretty shocking situation we find ourselves in, and it’s likely that men let symptoms slide instead of getting them checked out earlier.
Skin Cancer is generally split into two groups; Melanoma and Non-Melanoma. Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer is one of the most common Cancers in the world and develops slowly in the upper layers of the skin.
Melanoma is a far more serious type of Cancer that starts in the skin and can spread to other areas of the body. Ever been told to keep an eye on any moles on your body? This is the type of Skin Cancer we’re talking about.
Melanoma is still a bit on the rare side, but it’s becoming more common with almost 13,000 new cases found in the UK each year.
men are diagnosed with Skin Cancer in the UK every year
of those diagnosed are under 50, with an average of 45% of cases found in those 65+
is one of the most common Cancers in people aged 15 – 34
of men survive Melanoma at least 1 year, with 83% survivng 5 years and 79% surviving 10 years
Both Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers are linked to overexposure to ultraviolet light. Translation? Stay away from sunbeds and sunlamps, and if you’re going to be spending time out in the sun then slap on some sunscreen.
You know what’s a better look than a tan? Being alive.
Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers are likely to produce different symptoms, so you should keep an eye out for any of these – and if you spot anything unusual, get it checked out by your GP.
Common Melanoma symptoms involve a new mole sprouting up, or an existing mole changing in appearance. Keep an eye out for moles that:
Symptoms for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers can include:
Skin Cancers found and removed early are almost always curable, so it’s well worth giving yourself monthly head-to-toe exams so you can find any new or changing lumps or moles that may be cancerous (or precancerous).
Here’s a quick guide to checking yourself…
If you spot anything unusual, visit your GP so they can check it out. They may then refer you to have a biopsy to investigate further.
Affects over 25,000 people in the UK each year
Swelling around the bone is one possible symptom
Over 22,000 men are diagnosed every year
Can change the way people think, hear, or act
Men have breast tissue so can get Breast Cancer too
Over 1,100 men die from these in the UK each year
Only around 20% survive more than one year
One of the most common and most deadliest
90% chance of survival if found early
This is the most common Cancer in men
Citrus fruits and allium veg help reduce the risk
One of the commonest Cancers in younger men