A charity has warned that nearly every day one woman in their 20s is diagnosed with the deadliest kind of skin cancer.
Health experts have blamed a love of sunbeds and ‘binge tanning’ while on holiday for making malignant melanoma the most common form of the disease for women of that age.
Figures show that each year, 340 20-somethings are diagnosed with the skin cancer - almost double the number diagnosed with breast cancer at the same age.
But experts expect these figures to rise significantly by 2024, making it the fourth most common cancer for men and women of all ages.
A survey of 4,000 people carried out last year found that one in three women had used a sunbed at some point, with 80% first using one when they were under the age of 35.
Other figures show that women who use sunbeds under the age of 35 increase their risk of developing melanoma by 75%.
Caroline Cerny, campaign manager for Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart campaign, said: ‘If people take care not to burn in the sun and don’t use sunbeds, the majority of malignant melanoma could be prevented.’
The group is advising people to stay away from sunbeds and use a high factor sun lotion in the sun.Settings