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Skin Cancer Cases Double in Central Sweden

Published måndag 16 november 2009 kl 11.28
Skin cancer has doubled in the Uppsala region

The grey November weather with its lack of sun may be the wrong time to release a survey on skin cancer, but researchers have published worrying findings on Monday which show more Swedes than ever before are getting skin cancer.

Research in the Uppsala-Örebro region of Sweden shows that in ten years the cases of malignant melanoma have increased by 50 percent. Gunnar Wagenius, a doctor at Uppsala University hospital's cancer clinic told the newspaper Upsala Nya Tidning that they were surprised by the findings.

" We had thought that it would only be light, easily treated cases of malignant melanoma which had increased."

Between 1995 and 2007 the number of case of skin cancer rose from 284 to 430 in the seven health authorities in the region, an increase of 51 percent.

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