Skin cancer is rising in Singapore. There is about a 60 percent increase over the past decade.
Consultant dermatologist at the National Skin Centre, Suzanne Cheng said:
“People are living longer and seeing the effects of sun damage, skin cancer can take 20 to 50 years to surface, so it’s never too early to start prevention.”
The figures were presented during the Singapore Health and Bio-medical Congress 2014. From 1,813 cases in 2003 to 2007, to about 3,000 cases from 2009 to 2013.
The cause of skin cancer is mainly over exposure of UV rays from the sun but its curable if detected early. This can be quite a concern as the it can take up to 20 to 50 years to surface thus young adults should take preventative measures like wearing UV-protective clothing and applying sunscreen when doing outdoor activities.
Some signs to look out for skin cancer is to look for irregular growth on the skin and ulcers that are slow to heal, moles that are large and itchy and bleed.