Sun exposure at work could lead to one skin cancer death a week, according to researchers based at Imperial College London.

They further estimate that there are 48 deaths and 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer each year in Britain caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun at work.

Dr Lesley Rushton, lead researcher from Imperial College London, said: “We’ve shown previously that people often don’t understand the risks of damage caused by sun in the UK.  But this research shows you don’t have to work in the Mediterranean or a traditionally sunny country for the sun to damage your skin”.

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Children with prolonged vitamin D deficiency in the first decade of life are more likely to develop asthma and allergies, according to a new study.

It has also revealed a “dark side” to the highly successful anti-skin cancer messaging, says Professor Katie Allen, of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

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Uninsured, immigrant and minority communities in the United States may not be as aware of skin cancer as they should be, a recent study suggests, Reuters reports:

“At a medical clinic in southern Florida, researchers surveyed members of these communities and found that nearly 25 percent had never heard of skin cancer, or melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and almost 21 percent believed – incorrectly – that dark skinned people were immune to the disease.”

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