Despite a recent decline in Scotland of skin cancer, the UK’s most common cancer is once more on the rise, according to a study being presented at the World Congress of Cancers of the Skin this week in Edinburgh (September 3rd-6th).

The researchers, from the Alan Lyell Centre for Dermatology in Glasgow, analysed data on skin cancer incidence and survival from the Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland. The data showed that the incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer has increased 273 per cent since 1990.

Between 2009 and 2010 there was a one per cent fall in the incidence rate for skin cancer, however this subsequently increased in 2011 above the previous highest recording.