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Skin cancer: take care of your own health

Euromelanoma Week 2021

BRUSSELS / BERLIN - The Euromelanoma Week 2021 will take place across Europe from May 17th to 21st. For a week in Germany, too, dermatologists are increasingly drawing attention to the early detection of skin cancer and the correct use of UV radiation.

Under the motto “Risk of skin cancer? Take the signs seriously ”, the focus of the campaign is on prevention through correct behavior in childhood as well as in leisure and work. This is impressively illustrated by the motif of the campaign poster, which distinguishes all participating dermatological practices and dermatological clinics.

The fact is: with around 270,000 new cases each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in Germany. With increasing age, the risk of developing skin cancer increases. In addition, people who frequently work outside, such as construction workers, roofers, farmers or postmen, are at an increased risk of skin cancer. The greatest danger is for children who are exposed to the sun for long periods of time without protection. That is why the appeal of this year's Euromelanoma campaign is: “Take care of your own health in your free time and at work”.



Protect children

One of the important building blocks of the campaign is protection against harmful UV radiation in children and adolescents. However, it is above all parents, educators, teachers and many others who act as role models who are asked to make the necessary UV protection a natural part of everyday life. Children should be exposed to little sun and sunscreen with SPF 50 is a must. Comprehensive sun protection cannot do without a hat, t-shirt and pants. Children should also wear sunglasses.


Minimize risk at work

Another component of the action week is the professional group of field workers. Employees in the construction industry, in agriculture and forestry, in road construction, but also mail deliverers are exposed to high doses of UV radiation every day. Consistent UV protection during work is therefore essential. Dermatologists have been drawing attention to this for years and have already achieved success in protecting the skin of external workers. Since an amendment to the Occupational Health Care Ordinance (ArbMedVV) in 2019, employers in Germany have been obliged to offer their external employees regular occupational medical advice and examinations for occupational skin cancer (BK5103). An obligation that many employees are often not aware of.
Regardless of this, employees can protect themselves with clothing made from special textiles with UV protection, headgear with a wide brim or neck shield, UV-absorbing sunglasses and by applying appropriate sunscreen to the uncovered areas of skin.

Well protected in your free time

Everyone can do something themselves to prevent the development of skin cancer. In leisure time, behavior that is adapted to the intensity of the sun is also required. This includes, for example, avoiding the midday sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., looking for shady spots and avoiding extensive sunbathing and visits to the solarium. Using a textile sunscreen and routinely sunscreen with the highest possible sun protection factor are additional factors.

In addition, legally insured persons aged 35 and over are entitled to the skin cancer screening introduced in 2008 every two years. This full-body examination for skin cancer is straightforward and painless. And should a suspicious skin change require a skin sample to be taken, the small operation is usually the entire therapy - provided the skin change was recognized early on.

A scientific evaluation by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) shows that skin cancer is discovered much earlier in regions with regular preventive examinations. If you want to be on the safe side, you should take advantage of the advice offered by dermatologists and use the Euromelanoma Week as an opportunity for a full-body examination for skin cancer by a dermatologist.

The Euromelanoma campaign is supported by Almirall, Dermapharm, Eucerin and Sanofi. Please note our supporter page.


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