Top Bolton doctor calls on people to stop using sunbeds
ONE of Bolton’s top doctors has called on people to stop using sunbeds.
Dr Wirin Bhatiani, chairman of NHS Bolton’s Clinical Commissioning group was speaking after a study by Cancer Research UK revealed that malignant melanoma — the most serious form of skin cancer — kills 2,200 people in the UK each year.
Dr Bhatiani said using sunbeds can be “more dangerous than exposure to natural light”.
The study also revealed far more men than women are dying from skin cancer — despite similar numbers being diagnosed.
The number of people developing skin cancer in the UK has risen over the years — and this has been the same picture in Bolton.
Dr Bhatiani said Bolton had a higher incidence of skin cancer than other parts of the country.
He added: “I would strongly encourage anyone who notices a new mole, or changes to an existing one, to see their GP — as with any type of cancer, early diagnosis improves the chances of successful treatment and survival.
“Prevention is always better than cure and avoiding overexposure to the sun is the best way to prevent all types of skin cancer — this means keeping out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, covering up if you are in the sun, wearing high factor sunscreen and avoiding sunburn — most importantly, you should not use sunbeds.”
Bolton Council revealed more men in the borough are developing skin cancer compared to women — according to figures from 2010.
A spokesperson said: “Following the national pattern, more men than women develop skin cancer in our town – about 250 Bolton men and 190 Bolton women each year.”
In the national study, Cancer Research UK saithat of the 2,200 deaths from the disease — 1,300 were men.
The study suggested there were strong biological reasons behind the differences as well as differing attitudes towards seeing a doctor.
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