Data from the newly established UK skin cancer database has suggested that there are more than 350% more instances of cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (cSCC) every year in England than previously thought.
The research was published in JAMA Dermatology, revealing that there are more than 45,000 cSCC every year in England, which is the second most common form of skin cancer. It also highlighted that a higher risk of cSCC was associated with being older, male, white, and of lower socioeconomic deprivation.
Nina Goad head of communications at the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), said, “This database is an important national milestone in the treatment of skin cancer, the UK’s most common cancer. Previously, researchers and policy makers have been working on a puzzle without all the pieces. Now they know how many cases are being treated every year, better decisions can be made about treatment, prevention, and screening. This is a real step forward.”
Professor Irene Leigh of Queen Mary University of London, lead author of the study, added, “Due to their frequency, the healthcare burden of squamous cell carcinoma is substantial, with high risk patients requiring at least two to five years’ clinical follow-up after treatment and patients often developing multiple tumours. With poor three-year survival once cSCC has metastasised, earlier identification of these high-risk patients and improved treatment options are vital.”
This is the first set of data released from the UK skin cancer database, with more to soon be published, according to the BAD.