Numbers Don't Lie

Friday, July 28, 2006

60,000 die from skin cancer caused by sunburn

As many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer, the World Health Organization reported this week.
It found that 48,000 deaths every year are caused by malignant melanomas, and 12,000 by other kinds of skin cancer. About 90% of such cancers are caused by ultraviolet light from the sun.
According to the report, radiation from the sun also causes often serious sunburn, skin aging, eye cataracts, pterygium — a fleshy growth on the surface of the eye, cold sores and other ills.
Heard from a local radio station today.



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