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More Swedish people die from Skin cancer than from road accident – a new study shows

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Summer, sun - and skin cancer, this is the routes that lead to more Swedes evolving to their death.
Although the Sun is a known risk factor leading to the development of skin cancer, Swedes continue to sun bath much as before. This year, 500 Swedes died of malignant skin cancer, more than they die in traffic, according to the Swedish Cancer Society.

During the long cold and dark Swedish winter, many weary Swedes travel to sunny destination for holiday. As they enjoy their sunny break, there is a dark side in the sun bathing activity, cancer of the skin.

“Although the Swedes are well aware of the risks, as research shows, but they have not changed their behaviour,” says Yvonne Brandberg, Professor Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

In the past 20 years, skin cancer is the cancer that has increased among the cancers far more than any other tumour groups. Each year around 40 000 Swedes suffer from skin cancer and of them nearly 3000 are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, which is the most evil kind.
“This is blamed on sunbathing, but also because we do not take a good at our skin in as much as we did before.”

More men than women are affected, and those with the higher socioeconomic status tend to fall in the greatest risk.
The most likely explanation for it, according to Yvonne Brandberg, is that people with a good economy also afford to take time off and go on holiday.

For lung cancer, however, is quite the opposite - the lower the socioeconomic status, the higher the risk. This has to do with smoking, behind nine out of ten of all lung cancer diagnoses the most common is among Swedes with low education and income.

Because the prognosis of this disease is poor, lung cancer is thus the cancer that harbours most Swedes' lives. In 2010, almost 3600 Swedes died of lung cancer. In recent years lung cancer is the cancer that causes most deaths among women, more than breast cancer.

As the population steadily ages there is also increase risk that at some point, more Swedes will face a cancer diagnosis. Better diagnostic techniques and the expanded screening program has also contributes to the increase.

The probability of developing some form of cancer before the age of 75 is 31 percent for men and 28 percent for women, according to the Swedish Cancer Society's report. The risk of contracting one of the most common cancers, prostate cancer for men and breast cancer for women is 13 and 10 percent respectively.
By Team

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