In 2020, 295 people died of melanoma in Norway. Only New Zealand has a higher mortality rate, and far more people are getting it now than before.
“Although the incidence of melanoma, also called mole cancer, is generally high in Scandinavia, only Norway is in the top three countries in terms of mortality rates,” the Norwegian Cancer Society wrote in a press release in connection with Skin Cancer Week 2022.
More men are dying from the disease than women. The incidence is just as high among men in the other Nordic countries, but the mortality rate is more than 40% higher in Norway. Worldwide, Norway is in second place when it comes to mortality, only surpassed by New Zealand.
“This is a position we do not want, and we must do more to detect cancer earlier, especially among men. That is why we are highlighting this in Skin Cancer Week,” Secretary-General Ingrid Stenstadvold Ross of the Norwegian Cancer Society stated.
The cause of the disease is mainly exposure to UV radiation from the sun and solarium.
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