Skin cancer cases have risen 41 per cent in just four years, with experts blaming cheap escapes to the sun and ‘fashion statement’ tanning.
Some 123,808 patients were admitted to English hospitals for both non-melanoma and malignant melanoma skin cancers in 2011, up from 87,685 in 2007, figures collated by Public Health England reveal.
Skin cancer remains the most common form found in the country, with the number of sufferers the same as all other cancers combined, the British Association of Dermatologists said.
Spokesman Johnathon Major said: ‘As holidays to sunny locations become cheaper and tanned skin remains a desirable fashion statement, we have seen an inevitable increase in skin cancer incidence rates and the associated health and financial burden they place on the nation.
‘Skin cancers are largely preventable and more must be done to communicate to the public the serious risks associated with unmediated sun exposure if we are to see a decline in these figures.’
The latest study, to be presented to the World Congress On Cancers Of The Skin in Edinburgh later this week, also found the total cost of inpatient treatment for skin cancers in 2011 was more than £95million.
PHE said surgery was required for 78 per cent of non-melanoma and 71.5 per cent of melanoma skin cancers that year.