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Cancer kills 15,000 people every year. Cancer is often related to lifestyle factors, especially diet and smoking. When the nucleus of a cell is damaged, it can become a cancer cell, creating more cancer cells that multiply and overwhelm normal cells. Skin cancer is on the increase in Scotland, with malignant melanoma being the most aggressive form. The main cause is over-exposure to sun light.
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4 March 2004

Classroom Ideas

Students could list the various lifestyle factors (eg: diet and smoking) that might be attributed to the increase in cancer cases in the developed world. Compare and contrast with a much less developed country - what are the main diseases that afflict the population there?