Skin cancer is on the increase—but incidence of lung cancer is falling

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 16 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:322
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    The incidence of some cancers is rising in the United Kingdom because of people's lifestyle choices, says Cancer Research UK.

    The charity has published new statistics showing steady rises in the numbers of cases of some types of cancer that are linked to excessive exposure to sun, alcohol consumption, smoking, and obesity.

    The number of new diagnoses of malignant melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—rose from 5783 in 1995 to 8939 in 2004, making it the fastest rising cancer in the UK. This represented an increase in incidence per 100 000 people, adjusted for age, of 43%.

    The incidence of oral, uterus, and kidney cancers has also risen in the 10 years to 2004, says Cancer Research UK. And it adds that around half of all …

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