New figures have shown that rates of malignant melanoma are five times higher in the UK than they were in the 1970’s. Annually, more than 13,000 people develop the disease. In 1975 this figure stood at just 1,800.
According to Cancer Research UK, the marked increase can be attributed to a number of factors. These include, ‘an increase in package holidays to sunny European destinations, a boom in sunbed use and the fashion for a “healthy” tan’. These large scale changes in the behaviours of the British populace has have apparently helped to make Malignant melanoma the fifth most common cancer in the UK. More than 2,000 people die from the disease each year. Clearly, as we at Skin Analytics have always understood, melanoma is real problem.
Fortunately, there is some solace to be found. Survival rates for the disease are amongst the highest of any cancer; more than eight in 10 people will now beat it. And these numbers are even better if an early diagnosis is made. This is where we come in. Mole mapping and mole tracking can be a key tool in spotting early signs of skin cancer. Our service allows just that, and it will warn you to get a dodgy or irregular mole checked, potentially giving you some vital time to get yourself to the doctor.