Compared to women, men are said to be less likely to protect themselves from the sun or to public health warnings. In eight of the 18 countries reviewed, the data shows that skin cancer death rates among men saw a sharp increase. ( Pixabay )
Skin cancer death rates are on the rise for males in developing countries. Such problems may arise from exposure to the sun, or from artificial sources such as tanning beds.
Skin Cancer Mortality In Males
At a medical conference in Glasgow last Sunday, researchers presented data on skin cancer mortality rates in 18 developing countries, especially noting how the mortality rates among women are rising slowly or even declining compared to the rates among men.
Specifically, the researchers note that in eight of the countries, the skin cancer death rates are among the last 30 years. For instance, the skin cancer death rates in Croatia and Ireland were roughly doubled, while Spain and Britain had a 70 percent increase, the Netherlands had a 60 percent increase, and France and Belgium had a 50 percent increase.
That said, the countries with the highest mortality rates were not necessarily the ones with the highest increase. For instance, Australia has the highest skin cancer rates and death rates worldwide, with 100,000 men succumbing to the disease from 2013 to 2015, .
What May Have Caused The Increase?
It's not entirely clear why there were discrepancies between the skin cancer death rates and women, but the evidence suggests that it is because men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun compared to women. That said, the researchers are looking into genetic or biological factors associated with skin cancer, but findings are still inconclusive.
In the United States, there is no evidence that the MDCs of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Furthermore, the CDC data showed that over 90 percent of melanoma cancers are caused by cell damage from sun exposure, as well as other sources of UV radiation such as tanning beds.
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