Survey warns of skin cancer in children

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2007, AMSTERDAM – One in three parents almost never applies sun lotion to their children when they are playing outside. Sun blockers are far more often used at the swimming pool or on the beach than when children just play outside. More than 30 % of the children get sunburnt once or several times a year.

25 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – One in three parents almost never applies sun lotion to their children when they are playing outside. Sun blockers are far more often used at the swimming pool or on the beach than when children just play outside. More than 30 % of the children get sunburnt once or several times a year.

This emerged from a survey conducted by the Dutch Cancer Society and the University of Maastricht that was published on Wednesday. Questionnaires were sent to 672 parents and children.

Children that get frequently sunburnt are far more liable to contract skin cancer. The survey showed that some 40 % of the parents were not aware of that. Parents did indicate that they felt it was important to protect their children properly against the sun. But sun lotion is not applied often enough and the advice to make children wear a cap or a t-shirt is not popular either.

The rate of skin cancer incidences in the Netherlands has risen rapidly, according to the Dutch Cancer Society. 20,800 people were diagnosed with skin cancer in 2000; in 2015 the Cancer Society expects this figure to rise to 36,000.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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