Skin Cancer on the Rise

Sweden’s health authorities are concerned with rising numbers of skin cancer. The national Radiation Safety Board announced that the recorded cases of malignant melanoma and other skin tumors increased by another 3.7 percent last year. Statistics show that the skin cancer rate among women is slightly higher than men’s.

In its recent survey the Radiation Safety Board put the overall figure for skin cancer at 25 cases per 100,000 citizens, making it the most frequent form of malignant tumors in Sweden. Fifty years ago the ratio was five in 100,000. Medical experts point out the thinning of the ozone layer as one of the factors contributing to the increase of skin cancer.