Climate crisis could lead to more ‘Skin Cancer’, warns doctor
The climate crisis is causing higher temperatures in the summer and, according to experts, this will cause an increase in skin cancers, including melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.
Doctors are now concerned that, as temperatures rise, if people spend more time outdoors in the sun their UV exposure and risk of skin cancer will go up.
Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, points out that people in the UK and other northern countries go out more on hot days, exposing them to ultraviolet rays, which are thought to be a cancer-causing factor.
Even getting a sunburn one time every two years can result in three times the skin cancer risk, said Michelle Mitchell.
However, we cannot say that a particular heat wave caused a particular cancer, say experts.
Professor Mitchell said that the climate crisis was causing long-term health issues that weren’t being talked about enough.
Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Sheffield Sarah Danson said, basic steps to reduce exposure to the sun include wearing hats and shirts, avoiding the sun entirely from 11am to 3pm, wearing sunscreen and sitting in the shade. Danson said a doctor’s advice should be sought right away concerning any new or changing mole, since early diagnosis of skin cancer is key.