Compared to women, men are said to lack protection from the sun or listen to public health warnings. In eight of the 18 countries reviewed, data showed that skin cancer mortality rates among men experienced a sharp increase. ( Pixabay )
Skin cancer mortality rates are increasing for men in developing countries. These problems can arise from exposure to UV light from the sun, or from artificial sources such as tanning beds.
Skin Cancer Death in Men
At a medical conference in Glasgow, last Sunday, researchers presented data on skin cancer mortality rates in 18 developing countries, specifically noting how mortality rates among women increased at a slower rate or perhaps even decreased compared to rates among men.
In particular, the researchers note that in eight countries, the death rate of skin cancer among men in the last 30 years has been at least doubled. For example, the rate of death of skin cancer in Croatia and Ireland is about double, while Spain and the United Kingdom experienced a 70 percent increase, the Netherlands experienced a 60 percent increase, and France and Belgium experienced a 50 percent increase.
That said, countries with the highest mortality rates are not necessarily the ones with the highest increase. For example, Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates and mortality rates worldwide, with six out of 100,000 people giving up the disease from 2013 to 2015, but the country only saw a 10 percent increase in skin cancer death rates from 30 years ago. .
What Can Cause Increase?
It is not entirely clear why there is a difference between the rate of death of skin cancer between men and women, but the researchers' evidence shows that it is because men tend to protect themselves from the sun compared to women. That said, researchers are looking for genetic or biological factors that might be related to skin cancer, but the findings are still not convincing.
In the United States, which was not included in the study, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that skin cancer deaths among men had increased by 25 percent. Furthermore, CDC data also shows that more than 90 percent of melanoma cancers are caused by cell damage from sun exposure, as well as other UV radiation sources such as tanning beds.
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