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Revealed: South West Skin Cancer Deaths

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 7th May 2012

The number of south west men dying from the deadliest form of skin cancer is revealed.

Pirate FM has learnt a hundred and thirty lose their lives to malignant melanoma each year.

Health bosses are urging people to do more to protect themselves against the sun.

These locals in Falmouth admit they don't really bother:

One man said: "Only when it's like boiling hot, you whack the sun cream on and that."

This man adds: "If I go down to the beach and it's sunny and I think I might take my top off, I might there's a bit of cream going round, I wouldn't take some myself, I might grab some off someone and put it on."

It comes as Cornish health campaigners unveil a new weapon in the battle against skin cancer.

Sunsafe are launching an app which offers advice on the signs and how to check for them.

Spokesperson Caroline Chapman wants us to stop and think:

"Here in the UK, where our summers are so unpredictable, and that little bit of sunshine, everybody wants to go out, they strip off. Yesterday was a lovely hot day. I saw quite a few people walking around with burn marks on their shoulders and the tops of their cheeks, so it is very easy to get caught out."

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