Skin cancer and obesity on rise

Skin-cancerHealth profiles for 2010 published by the Department of Health and the Association of Public Health Observatories state that in South Essex, there are health inequalities that exist. This includes something to really worry about, a high rate of skin cancer.

Worse than average incidence of malignant melanoma was recorded by Rochford.

It witnessed a rise of about 15 cases every year and between 2004-2006 a rate of 18 per 100,000 people.

Southend was following closely with 14 cases every year and a rate of 14 per 100,000 people. Castle Point has managed to remain under average, which means 12.6 per 100,000 people.

Dr Andrea Atherton, director of public health for NHS South East Essex, said, “It is concerning there is a high incidence of malignant melanoma, which reflects high levels of exposure to sunlight. Local residents are reminded to avoid over-exposure to the sun.”

In Castle Point there are other areas of concern and a major share is taken by obesity which, means healthy eating is at bay and exercising is not a regular lifestyle.

The profile of the Basildon district states that smoking is what is causing people to now start worrying as there are more adults than the national average for England who smoke here and are obese.