In the Netherlands, more people die of skin cancer than in other European countries. Also, the growth of skin cancer is increasing at a faster rate according to Eurostat, a databank of the European Union.
In the Netherlands, 3,6 per 100.000 people die of skin cancer. Only in Slovenia, more people die from the disease: 4,1 per 100.000. In surrounding European countries, the death rates are much lower: Germany and Luxembourg 2.1, France 2.0 and Spain 1.5 per 100.000 people. Greece has the lowest number with 1.2 people dying of skin cancer per 100.000 people.
What is also remarkable, the death rate in the Netherlands is increasing a lot faster than in surrounding European countries. Only is Ireland and Slovenia skin cancer grows faster. At the same time, the Netherlands, in general, performs poorly where it concerns cancer death rates and cancer treatment. Specifically for women, the Netherlands does not present a good track record. To a large extent this is attributed to smoking related diseases like lung cancer. Women started smoking at the end of last century and as a consequence the incidence rates of difficult to treat lung cancer is increasing according to the Dutch cancer organization KWF.
Reviewing Dutch social media responses on the newly presented statistics, awareness of what determines the risk of developing skin cancer over a lifetime is limited.
First of all, the amount of ultraviolet radiation from the sun is not widely known as a major cause of skin damage and contributor to a higher probability of skin cancer.
Skin typology is another aspect that determines one’s skin risk. People in Mediterranean countries have a different skin type than in Northern Europe. Thus, the impact of UV exposure varies from person to person.
Understanding your personal skin type and knowing your UV exposure on your current location, and the ability to track your moles and monitor changes over time, are key benefits SkinVision offers through a mobile app. This drives greater awareness and prevention of skin cancer and encourages people to see a dermatologist in time.