‘Next twenty years, two to five times as much as huidkankerpatiënten’

‘Next twenty years, two to five times as much as huidkankerpatiënten’

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The number of people with a form of skin cancer will be in the next twenty years is expected to double, or in the worst case, even five in.

That is stated in a Thursday report published by the national Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Unwise zongedrag is the main cause for the sharp increase. Also the ageing of the population and the depletion of the ozone layer play with it, but to a lesser degree.

Each year more than 51,000 people in the Netherlands to hear that they have skin cancer. More than 900 huidkankerpatiënten death consequences. About 5,500 people annually have a melanoma, the kwaadaardigste form of skin cancer, determined. According to the RIVM, the Netherlands is in Europe one of the countries where skin cancer is most common.

The number of people with skin cancer since 1990 has quadrupled. In the last few years puts out the disease, especially the head on the generations in the sixties and seventies of the last century carefree went sunbathing in the bright sun.


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The RIVM estimates that the cost of the medical treatment of skin cancer annually around 300 million euros. These costs will in the coming years likely to increase substantially.

To reduce the risk of skin cancer to reduce is recommended to be properly protected with sunscreen, covering clothing and shade, so that the skin doesn’t burn. But the sun has completely shun is also not desirable because the sunlight is the main source of vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for healthy bones and muscles, according to the RIVM.

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