'Skin cancer deaths higher in men than in women'

Evidence suggests men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun or heed public health warnings

Evidence suggests men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun or heed public health warnings

Melanoma skin cancer death rates in men are on the rise in most countries, but are stable or declining for women in some, according to a new study. Per the Guardian, melanoma-related deaths of men have spiked in numerous countries examined as part of a study presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow on Sunday.

The study focused on 33 developed countries in Europe, North America and Australasia, as they had the most reliable data.

The most severe form of skin cancer, melanoma, is causing more than 9,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to the Skin Foundation.

"There is evidence that suggests men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun or engage with melanoma awareness and prevention campaigns".

"Despite public health efforts to promote awareness of melanoma and encourage sun-smart behaviours, melanoma incidence has been increasing in recent decades".

The so-called "ozone hole" was especially big over Australia when the efforts kicked off. Skin cancer deaths among women in 1985 in Australia occurred at half the rate as for men, and declined by 10 per cent over the next 30 years, Yang and three colleagues reported.

However, the Czech Republic was the only country where the team found a decrease in men's melanoma death rate, where there was as estimated annual percentage decrease of 0.7 per cent between 1985 and 2015.

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The results were presented at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow.

In some other sun-loving nations, however, women saw at least as sharp a jump from 1985 to 2015 in death rates as men: The Netherlands (58 per cent), Ireland (49 per cent), Belgium (67 per cent) and Spain (74 per cent).

Israel and the Czech Republic had the largest decreases among women, 23.4 percent and 15.5 percent respectively, over the period, according to the study.

As we know, the risk of melanoma increases when a person is exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or from tanning facilities.

She also says more research is needed to find out why there are gender differences in the mortality rates. This is an important finding that requires further scrutiny.

Melanoma cases have been on the rise over the past few years.

This article has been republished from materials provided by NCRI.

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