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Skin Cancer Growing in Great Britain

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LONDON, Nov 29, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The number of cases of skin cancer in England has soared in the past decade, new figures have revealed.

Cases of melanoma in men increased by 64 percent between 1991 and 2000 with 2,500 new cases being reported, Britain's Sky News said Saturday.

In women, cases of skin cancer rose by 45 percent to 3,300 new cases, Britain's Office for National Statistics said.

Overall, there were around 224,000 new cases of cancer reported in England in 2000.

The report will add to concerns of those who have issued repeated warnings about the dangers of spending too much time in the sun or in tanning booths, Sky News said.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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