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Two young adults are diagnosed with skin cancer every day

More and more young people aged 15 and older are part of a rising group of young adults who are diagnosed with malignant melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer.
(Cancer Research UK, April 2011).

Why?

  • People forget or do not think they need to put on sun cream in the summer
  • Adults are using sun beds too often which can increase your risk of melanoma before 35 by 75 per cent.

What is melanoma?

Skin cancer from sunbed use
A study of 15-18 year old girls found that their desire to get a tan overcame any misgivings about the potential health risks. (Cancer Research UK, Jan 2013).

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