Britain tops Europe for childhood skin cancerBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7567.516-d (Published 07 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:516
- Roger Dobson
The British Isles has the highest rates of skin cancer in children and adolescents in Europe, a study has found (European Journal of Cancer 2006;42:2170-82).
The incidence of malignant melanoma in adolescents is also increasing faster in the British Isles than in other regions, the study concludes, based on cases in 20 European countries.
On average, the incidence in Europe increased annually in adolescents, by 4.1% for melanoma and 2.5% for skin carcinoma, between 1978 and 1997.
“Increases in incidence over time were observed only for adolescents, possibly reflecting a change in risk factors relevant to adolescents and adults, but not to children,” say the authors, from the Erasmus Medical Centre and the Comprehensive Cancer Centre South in the Netherlands; the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Gustave-Roussy Institute in …