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Last Updated: Wednesday March 23 2005 13:42 GMT

Skin cancer rates 'set to treble'

Children playing on the beach

Experts are warning that children could be three times more likely to develop skin cancer then their grandparents.

Cancer Research UK say new research shows the number of people developing skin cancer is likely to treble by 2035 unless we change our sunbathing habits.

Experts are reminding people to cover up in the midday sun and wear sun cream to protect skin from burning.

About 7,000 people a year get malignant melanoma, the dangerous form of skin cancer, and about 1,700 die from it.

Skin cancer is the third most common cancer among people aged 15-19.

Don't get sun burnt

Experts say the increase in people suffering from the skin disease is partly down to the fashion for tans, climate change through global warming and people taking lots of sunny holidays.

Young people who get burnt from exposure to UV radiation - the radiation you get from the sun and sunbeds - have a higher risk of getting skin cancer as adults.

The World Health Organization recently called for a ban on people under 18 using sunbeds because it increases their chance of getting skin cancer.