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Sharp rise in skin cancer among women

Published onsdag 13 mars 2013 kl 10.36
More exposure to UV radiation, from the sun and from tanning salons, is one cause of the skin cancer rise. Photo: Scanpix

A new report from a major cancer charity says that more Swedes are suffering from cancer - even allowing for today's longer lifespan.

The major reason for the increase is the sharp rise in skin cancer among women - it rose by 20 percent between 2010 and 2011, reports news agency TT.

Lung cancer is also on the rise, and it remains the most common for of cancer in Sweden: 3,600 died of lung cancer in 2011. Other increases are in breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer.

But there are fewer people hit by cancer of the throat, stomach or small intestine in Sweden, partly due to the fact that people are eating more fruit and fresh vegetables.

Cancer is the most common cause of death for those under 80.

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