Skin Cancer Facts

Skin cancer is classified into Malignant Melanoma (MM) and Non Melanoma Skin cancers (NMSC).

The most common Non Melanoma cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Other subtypes do exist but these are rare.

80% of NMSCs occur in those over 60 years of age and at least 100,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the UK.

Approximately 12,000 new malignant melanoma cases are diagnosed in the UK each year.

Sun exposure is the most common risk factor for skin cancer. Outdoor occupations are therefore more at risk also.

Fair skinned individuals and children / young adults who have been overexposed / sunburnt will have an increased risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Sunbeds and tanning lamps have been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer.

About 2,500 patients die from skin cancer in the UK each year - the vast majority of those from malignant melanoma.