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Skin cancer cases 'double in ten years'

Cases of skin cancer have almost doubled in the last ten years, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats show.

The figures, given by the Government as an answer to a Parliamentary question by Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Sandra Gidley, show that the number of cases of skin cancer has risen from 5,000 a year to nearly 9,000.

At the same time, the funding of skin cancer awareness campaigns have been cut by a third in the last year, from £150,000 in 2006/7 to £104,000 in 2007/8.

Ms Gidley said: ‘This shocking increase underlines how skin cancer care must become a significant public health priority.

‘It is stunning that when faced with such a rise, the Government is actually cutting back on funding that can help prevent the problem.

‘Far too many people are still not fully aware of the dangers of excessive sun exposure, especially for children. With a hot summer forecast, it is more important than ever that people know how to best protect themselves and their family.'

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