SKIN DEEP Behind the Mask, the charity that supports skin disease patients, their families & carers is conducting a quick and easy to do survey to find out about how people behave in the sun. Results from this survey will help SDBM develop policies and practical solutions to help prevent skin cancer.

Here are some skin cancer facts that may surprise you.

Over the past 10 years in England, there has been a 61% increase in new cases of melanoma, the most serious, and often fatal, form of skin cancer, and an increase of 41% in non-melanoma skin cancers. In 2012, there were 11,281 new cases of melanoma and 79,743 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer. Moreover, in the UK as a whole, the mortality rate is 20% compared with 12% in Australia for a similar number of cases. More than 2,200 people die, every year, from malignant melanoma.

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