Compared to women, it is said to be less likely to protect themselves from the sun or to listen to public health. In eight of 18 countries examined, data showed that the mortality of skin cancer among men increased sharply. ( Pixabay )
The death rate for skin cancer increases for men in developing countries. Such problems can occur by exposure to UV rays from the sun or from artificial sources, such as solarium.
Skin cancer mortality in men
At a medical conference in Glasgow last Sunday, researchers presented data on mortality in skin crayfishes in 18 developing countries, taking particular note of how mortality rates among women rise slower or even drop compared to the rates among men.
Specifically, the researchers find that the death rate for skin cancer in men over the last 30 years has at least doubled in eight of the countries. The death rate for skin cancer deaths in Croatia and Ireland doubled, for example, while Spain and Britain had an increase of 70 percent, the Netherlands had an increase of 60 percent and France and Belgium had an increase of 50 percent.
Having said that, the countries with the highest mortality were not necessarily those with the highest increase. Australia has, for example, the highest skin quota and death rates worldwide, with six out of 100,000 men affected by the disease from 2013 to 2015, but the country only saw an increase of 30 percent of skin cancer deaths from 30 years ago.
What can cause the increase?
It is not clear why there were differences between skin cancer mortality among men and women, but scientists suggest that it is because men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun than women. Having said that, the researchers are looking at genetic or biological factors that may be associated with skin cancer, but the findings are still insufficient.
In the United States, not included in the study, data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that skin cancer mortality among men has increased by 25 percent. Furthermore, CDC data also showed that over 90 percent of melanoma cancer is caused by cell damage from sun exposure, as well as other sources of UV radiation such as solarium.
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