The emerging epidemic of skin cancer

Br J Dermatol. 1994 Mar;130(3):269-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1994.tb02920.x.


A study of the incidence of skin cancer over a 14-year period in the North Humberside area of the U.K. indicates a steady rise in the numbers of the four most common types of skin cancer. A steep increase in the incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin compared with that of internal squamous cell carcinoma was also detected. Our findings emphasize the need for continuing public education about both the dangers of UV radiation and measures to reduce exposure.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bowen's Disease / epidemiology*
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / epidemiology*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Melanoma / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Sex Distribution
  • Skin Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / epidemiology