Michael Fabricant announces skin cancer diagnosis

Mr Fabricant – MP for the West Midland seat of Lichfield, former Tory vice-chairman and election advisor to David Cameron – chose to make the announcement via Twitter, stating simply: “I was diagnosed with skin cancer this morning (melanoma & basal cell carcinoma) at Queen's Hospital Burton. Probably caught in time. #NHS”

Speaking to the BBC about his decision to announce the diagnosis publicly, he said he did so to raise awareness of the condition.

"The reason why I decided to tweet this – and I thought long and hard about whether to do so - is because if you deal with it early enough it is probably not a life-threatener," he said. "So the moral of the story is: if you spot something which is changing on your skin, go and see a doctor."

The announcement comes just as the UK spring weather is warming up and thoughts are turning to the summer holidays ahead – the time when people are also most at risk of skin damage from sun exposure.

In a recent report, Cancer Research UK revealed that people over 65 are seven times more likely to develop malignant melanoma than they were 40 years ago – a pattern of increase thought to be directly attributable to the boom in cheap package holidays from the 1960s onward. It is now understood that sunburn in adolescence can increase melanoma risk by around 80%.

Approximately 13,300 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the UK each year, making it the fifth most widespread cancer in the UK. 2,100 people die from the disease each year, and it is also the second most common cancer in young adults (aged 15-34).

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