HL Deb 29 November 1990 vol 523 c42WA
Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Chief Medical Officer of Health has suggested any reasons for the increase in reported cases of invasive malignant melanoma from 1979 to 1989 respectively.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Hooper)

Experts in this field generally believe that the increase in the incidence of melanoma in white populations is associated with increased exposure of untanned skin surfaces to solar ultraviolet radiation, but a precise causal mechanism has yet to be established.