Spotlight On… Shingles

Written by: Deen Kurrimbux

Shingles is a viral infection along a nerve pathway and the surrounding tissue. The same virus that causes chickenpox is responsible for shingles (also called herpes zoster).

There are two main areas of the body where shingles usually appears: the sides along the waistline and along the facial region of the head. Shingles can affect anyone at any age.

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Alarming increase in diagnosed skin cancer over the past 10 years

Written by: Kofi Dwinfour

Over the past 10 years in England, there has been a 61% increase in new cases of melanoma, the most serious, and often fatal, form of skin cancer, and an increase of 41% in non-melanoma skin cancers. In 2012, there were 11,281 new cases of melanoma and 79,743 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer. Moreover, in the UK as a whole, the mortality rate is 20% compared with 12% in Australia for a similar number of cases. More than 2,200 people die, every year, from malignant melanoma.

non melanoma skin cancer

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