The legacy of the 70s: experts fear a sharp rise in skin cancer deaths

Just a bit of sunburn? Even if the awareness of skin cancer has increased, see physicians for the prevention of air to the top. The effects will show much later. Today’s diseases are often a legacy of the carelessness in the 70s and 80s.

Summer, Sun, Sunburn. Yet about 30 years ago that was the case in many families, or on the construction site almost as normal.

Even if the awareness of the dangers of skin cancer, is now greater, remains a legacy of that time: dermatologists expect for the next 30 years with a significant increase of all skin cancer types in Germany. "We are now seeing the effects of the 70s and 80s, in which tan chic war", Dirk said, too bad the village, skin doctor, and eat at the University hospital, on Thursday at the meeting of the German Dermatological society in Berlin.

Of 23,000 cases of skin cancer reported

Currently, in Germany approximately 300,000 new Diagnoses of skin cancer each year. In the majority it is a case of white skin cancer, with 23,000 cases of black skin cancer concern. This includes other rare types of skin cancer come. The risk of disease increases with age.

However, increasingly, younger people get the diagnosis of skin cancer. But not all development is negative. An Overview:

Higher consciousness – but not a complete change of Behaviour

The risk of skin cancer, according to the evaluation by dermatologists today known in Germany. "There is a higher Bewusstsein", says physician loss village. "A behavior change, but only to a limited extent."

Sun cream is often applied too thin or not often enough. As a result, the printed-on light protection factor reaches rarely. "A pack of sun protection keeps per Person, maybe two weeks. But not three summer long for a Familie", the skin doctor said.

Skin cancer is often underestimated

Sun cream alone is not helping also mandatory against black skin cancer. It is important not to stay too long in the blazing sun, to wear head protection as well as long-sleeved shirts and pants and go with a T-Shirt into the water.

Self-help groups still see a trivialisation and an underestimate of skin cancer. "Thus, under the Motto: "Oh, just skin cancer, you’re in luck gehabt"", Katharina Kaminski of the patient’s self-help melanoma in Düsseldorf says. She called sonnencrem dispensers in schools and day-care centres and ban the use of solariums.

Black skin cancer is an annual fee of 3000 people their lives

Black skin cancer (malignant melanoma) is the most aggressive skin cancer. With high probability, it disperses in the body and can end within a short time fatal. Approximately 3000 deaths per year in Germany.

More than 70 percent of all cases are detected, according to the professional Association of dermatologists, but at an early stage. The prospects for a cure spent between 86 and 100 percent. In the meantime, there are more than ten new drugs that blocked a proliferation of skin cancer cells or the immune system is activated, says physician a pity the village.

Skin cancer since 2015 as an occupational disease recognized

Since 2015 skin cancer is recognized as one of around 80 occupational diseases. Skin cancer evidence with the rank three one of the top spots, reported by Christoph Skudlik, physicians at the Institute for interdisciplinary Dermatological prevention and Rehabilitation in Osnabrück.

Whether Asparagus harvesters, construction workers or roofers measurements have now shown that the load due to sun radiation up to three times higher than previously estimated.

Sun cream only at the end of the prevention chain

Sun cream is for Skudlik only at the end of a prevention chain. "We need to get that shadow stab-giving tents to the Asparagus or the sun sailing on construction sites are as normal as the use of seat belts in the Auto", he says.

Likewise, protective clothing and headgear – for example, even for a lifeguard. "That doesn’t look ridiculous, which acts in a professional manner." Controls of the sun-protection requirements for the various professional groups and holds Skudlik is essential.

"Children’s skin is on the empfindlichsten"

It starts now in Kindergarten. 2018 cooperated 200 nationwide skin doctors, day-care centres, this year the number is expected to rise to over 300. "Children’s skin is most sensitive, regardless of whether the child is bright or dark hair hat", Ralph von Kiedrowski, a member of the Board of Directors of the professional Association of dermatologists says.

About the children the skin doctors hope to also reach the parents. So far, 40 percent of the statutory skin cancer Insured-Screening would have been to claim, this has been there since 2008. However, rather few were regularly every two years to Check.