Trends in skin cancer incidence by socioeconomic position in Scotland, 1978-2004

Br J Cancer. 2010 May 25;102(11):1661-4. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6605678. Epub 2010 May 4.


Background: Non-melanoma skin cancer has been little studied in relation to deprivation.

Methods: Incident cases diagnosed in 1978-2004 were extracted from the Scottish Cancer Register and assigned to quintiles of Carstairs deprivation scores. Age-standardised incidence rates (ASRs) (European standard population) were calculated by deprivation quintile, sex, period of diagnosis, for the three main types of skin cancer.

Results and conclusion: As age-standardised incidence of each skin cancer increased significantly over time across all deprivation categories, rates were consistently highest in the least deprived quintile.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Melanoma / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms, Squamous Cell / epidemiology
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Skin Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Social Class*
  • Time Factors