Met office plans sunlight alerts to fight skin cancer
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent and i. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; four times highly commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigations into the tobacco industry. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Saturday 31 July 1993
Government officials hope within a year to be able to issue forecasts for the intensity of ultraviolet radiation expected over a 24-hour period in different parts of the country.
The Department of the Environment is working with the Deparment of Health, the Met Office and the National Radiological Protection Board on producing computer predictions of UV radiation, which causes skin cancer and eye cataracts.
An official from the environment department said yesterday that the UV forecasts would be similar to air- quality warnings.
The incidence of skin cancer has risen dramatically over the past decade. The number of people with the most aggressive form of the cancer, malignant melanoma, has almost doubled. Deaths in England rose from 815 in 1981 to 1,091 in 1991.
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