Are we the skin cancer capital of the world?

Source: Jersey Evening Post, June 2017

A LONG-awaited report which is expected to confirm whether or not Jersey has become the skin cancer capital of the world has been delayed until mid-summer, a member of the department responsible for the document has confirmed.

Raw data released last year by the Health Department in response to a Freedom of Information request suggested that 88 people from Jersey were diagnosed with malignant melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – in 2014.

Given that Jersey has a population of just over 100,000, the Island’s melanoma figures would appear to dwarf that of New Zealand – which is known as the skin cancer capital of the world.

In that country, there are 50 cases of melanoma each year per 100,000 people.

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