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New guidelines to reduce melanoma rates released by NICE

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Fresh guidelines for diagnosing and treating melanoma have been released by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

NICE has introduced these new guidelines to reduce the variation in how the disease is diagnosed and treated.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and is the second most common cancer in young people (15-34 years old) and the fifth most common cancer in the UK.[i]

Professor Mark Baker, Centre for Clinical Practice director at NICE, says: “At this time of year, we all want to get out there and enjoy the sun.

“There are plenty of ways to do that safely: using a sunscreen with a high SPF, spending time in the shade between 11am – 3pm, ensuring you don’t burn, and covering up with a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses.

“But, overexposure to ultraviolent light from the sun can have very serious repercussions.

“Melanoma causes more deaths than all other skin cancers combined. Its incidence is rising at a worrying rate – faster than any other cancer.”

[i] http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/skin-cancer/incidence#heading-Zero

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