Skin cancer: Israeli melanoma diagnoses high, deaths low

Source: The Jerusalem Post, May 2022

Israel boasts of its sunny weather throughout most of the year, but the downside is damage to the DNA from ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause the development of melanoma – the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Who are more at risk? –

People with low levels of the protective skin pigment melanin are at the greatest risk of contracting the malignancy.
The latest report on melanoma released on Monday by the Cancer Registry of the Health Ministry’s Center for Disease Control showed that every month, an average of 144 new patients with melanoma are diagnosed, and 17 die from it each month. These constitute 5% of all cancer diagnoses in Israel.