Malignant melanoma: a growing disease among the Western world

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:47 GMT, Apr 7, 2015 |

Malignant melanoma is a kind of skin cancer. Pensioners are now seven times more likely to develop the skin cancer. Cancer Research UK studies show that men aged 65 and over, are 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with malignant melanoma than the previous generation. Compared with the previous years, 5,700 pensioners are now diagnosed with melanoma each year in UK.

This is due to getting sunburned once every two years can triple a person’s risk of developing the disease. Each year, 2,100 Britons die from the disease.

So avoiding sunburn and sun beds is the key, and getting to know about our skin type will be helpful to save ourselves from melanoma. So overdoing them on the beach or even in the garden should be avoided.