Compared to women, it is said that men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun or to obey public health warnings. In eight of the 18 countries surveyed, data showed that the mortality rate for men's skin cancer increased steeply. ( Pixabay ).
The rate of death from skin cancer is increasing in developing countries in men. Such problems may arise from exposure to UV radiation from the sun or from artificial sources such as solariums.
Mortality of skin cancer in men
At a medical conference Sunday in Glasgow, researchers surveyed the data on skin cancer mortality in 18 developing countries, specifying how women's mortality rates are rising more slowly or even declining compared to men.
In particular, researchers note that in eight countries, the mortality rate for men's skin cancer has doubled in the last 30 years. For example, the mortality rate for skin cancer in Croatia and Ireland has roughly doubled, while Spain and Britain have increased by 70%, the Netherlands increased by 60% and France and Belgium increased by 50%.
This means that the countries with the highest mortality rates were not necessarily the countries with the highest increase. For example, Australia has one of the highest deaths in skin cancer and death rates worldwide, with six out of every 100,000 men suffering from this disease from 2013 to 2015, but the country has only seen a 10 percent increase in skin cancer mortality 30 years ago.
What could cause an increase?
It is not entirely clear why there are differences between death rates for skin cancer among men and women, but evidence from researchers suggests that it is because men are less protected from the sun compared to women. This means scientists are looking at genetic or biological factors that can be associated with skin cancer, but the findings 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 mortality on skin cancer among men increased by 25 percent. In addition, CDC data also showed that more than 90 percent of melanoma cancer is caused by damage to cells from sunlight as well as other ultraviolet radiation sources such as solariums.
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