Skin cancers double in Belgium in 10 years
7 April 2006, BRUSSELS — The number of malignant freckles or melanomas in Belgium is rapidly increasingly.
7 April 2006
BRUSSELS — The number of malignant freckles or melanomas in Belgium is rapidly increasingly.
Flemish dermatologist Thomas Maselis said there are 1,500 new cases diagnosed every year, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Friday.
That represents a doubling in the number of skin cancers in the past 10 years.
Skin cancers are caused especially by too much exposure to sunlight. Intensive sunbathing during a short holiday appears to present the biggest risk.
People with light-coloured skin or red hair are also susceptible to skin cancers.
Meanwhile, malignant melanoma is not only on the rise in Belgium: it is the most rapidly increasing cancer is almost every European country.
A doubling in the number of melanomas can be expected in the next decade.
Skin cancers are very aggressive and must be caught early.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news