Next Big News: The world will see a global rise in skin cancer by 2027, a new study has revealed.
It comes after more than 10 million people in the UK and worldwide were diagnosed with the disease last year.
Researchers found that in 2017, about 8.6 million people globally were diagnosed in the US, which is more than triple the rate of the previous year.
“This is going to be a global pandemic,” said Professor John Pritchard, a skin cancer expert at the University of Manchester.
“It will be global.”
The findings are based on a global survey conducted by the US National Institutes of Health and are published in the journal PLoS ONE.
Professor Pritich said the rate would rise dramatically if it wasnt for the “bundled” nature of the disease.
“The disease can spread at a much faster rate than most people realise, and if you start to see outbreaks happening in the same places at the same time, then the burden of this disease will be spread far more quickly,” he said.
The findings are also worrying as more people become infected with the virus, as well as the increasing number of new cases.
Around 70 per cent of the new cases in the United States were found in the Northeast, with New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Boston among the most affected regions, the study found.
But despite the large number of cases, the researchers also found the disease was not as prevalent in other parts of the world.
Prof Pritch said the UK was a particularly important part of the pandemic because the number of deaths from the disease is so high, with a further 10,000 deaths in England and Wales in 2017.
He said the global rise could be a result of the spread of some of the “bigger” strains of the virus.
While the UK is not alone in seeing the global spread of the cancer-causing coronavirus, it is the most significant region, according to the study.
Dr Mark Kermode, a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of London, said there had been a huge amount of misinformation spread about the disease, with the UK being a “fantastic place” for people to get infected.
We have a large number and large proportion of people who are very ignorant about it.
It is not a pandemic in the sense of people not wanting to go to the hospital, not wanting the NHS to run, he said, but a pandemics of ignorance.
It is a pandemia in the way we get infected, he added.
More than 50 million people worldwide are living with the coronaviral disease.
The NHS currently says more than a million people die from the illness every year.