In comparison to women, men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun or listen to public health warnings. In eight of the 18 countries analyzed, data showed that rates of skin cancer mortality among men increased sharply. ( Pixabay )
Mortality rates for skin cancer are increasing in men in developing countries. Such problems can arise from exposure to UV rays from the sun or from artificial sources such as tanning beds.
Mortality from Skin Cancer in Men
At a medical conference in Glasgow last Sunday, the researchers presented data on skin cancer mortality rates in 18 developing countries, noting how mortality rates among women are rising more slowly or decreasing compared to rates between men.
Specifically, researchers note that in eight of the countries, skin cancer mortality rates among men in the past 30 years had been at least doubled. For example, skin cancer mortality rates in Croatia and Ireland have almost doubled, while Spain and England have increased by 70%, the Netherlands has increased by 60% and France and Belgium have increased by 50% %.
That said, the countries with the highest mortality rates were not necessarily those with the highest increase. For example, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer and death rates worldwide, with six in 100,000 men succumbing to the disease from 2013 to 2015, but the country only saw a 10% increase in mortality rates for skin cancer for 30 years.
What could have caused the increase?
It is not entirely clear why there were discrepancies between the rates of skin cancer mortality among men and women, but the researchers' evidence suggests that it is because men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun compared to women. That said, researchers are investigating genetic or biological factors possibly associated with skin cancer, but the results are still inconclusive.
In the United States, which was not included in the study, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that skin cancer mortality among men increased by 25%. In addition, CDC data also showed that more than 90% of melanoma cancers are caused by cell damage caused by sun exposure, as well as other sources of UV radiation, such as tanning beds.
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