Malignant melanoma the most common type of cancer for women in their 20s

Experts blame ‘tanorexia’

For the first time, the deadliest kind of skin cancer has surpassed cervical cancer to become the most common type of cancer among women under 30 in the UK. Experts are blaming “tanorexia” (binge-tanning) and indoor tanning beds as the reason for the epidemic, and are blasting the government for not banning the use of sunbeds for people under 18. Studies have shown that regular indoor tanning for people under 30 increases the risk of melanoma by 75 per cent. Twice as many women between 20 and 29 in the UK are now diagnosed with melanoma compared to breast cancer, and nearly the disease kills 1,800 Britons every year.

The Daily Mail

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