Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health admitted on talk show Jinek that he spends time in a sunbed at least twice a month, thereby flabbergasting Dutch skin doctors. "Very unwise and dangerous", the Dutch association for dermatology and venereology NVDV responded, according to RTL Nieuws.
An Amsterdam VU medical center experiment with a simple injection that contains a substance that resembles the DNA of bacteria, had positive results in preventing skin cancer from spreading, AD reports.
This first experiment involved 52 skin cancer patients, who visited the doctor due to a suspicious skin mark over 10 years ago. All of them were diagnosed with a melanoma in an early stage.
Skin cancer is an increasingly common diagnosis in the Netherlands. Last year a total of 15,836 Dutch were diagnosed with skin cancer, compared to 14,738 in 2015, according to figures from the comprehensive cancer center of the Netherlands IKNL. Skin cancer is the most prevalant type of cancer in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
Over the past 26 years, the number of skin cancer cases in the Nethelands increased by 308 percent. In 1990 only 3,882 Dutch were diagnosed with this form of cancer. The number of skin cancer cases doubled since 2005.
Radboud UMC in Nijmegen is launching an experimental treatment against skin cancer from December 1st. From then hundreds of people with skin cancer can receive an experimental vaccine to prevent the disease recurrence, RTL Nieuws reports.
The vaccine activates the patients' immune system to turn against this form of cancer. The treatment is intended for skin cancer patients who had lymph node metastases removed recently. A total of 210 people can participate in the experiment, but other patients can also get the vaccine as a basic treatment.
The majority of Dutch people between the ages of 20 and 50 years do not sufficiently check their skin for suspicious spots, according to a survey done by the Melanoma foundation. One in five don't even know what to look for
SkinVision, a smartphone app that can analyse and track changes in moles and identify suspicious skin growths like melanomas, has received a 3 million euro investment to expand the app's capabilities.
The Professional Association of Dermatologists (NVDV) is calling for a ban on the sale of tanning beds to individuals. Research shows that people using tanning beds drastically increase the risk of developing skin cancer, reports broadcaster NOS.
The number of cancer diagnosis in the Netherlands in 2013 (101,500) remained almost the same as the year before (100,800), according to a preliminary estimate of the Integral Cancer Center Netherlands (IKNL), based on data from the Dutch Cancer Registration (NKR).
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