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Some health insurance companies also pay for skin cancer screening in people under the age of 35
From the age of 35, there is a right to a skin cancer screening funded by the health insurance company every two years, but some statutory health insurance companies also cover the costs for younger people, reports the Professional Association of German Dermatologists (BVDD) on the occasion of the Euromelanoma Week that started today in Berlin. According to the BVDD, the focus of this year's event is “young skin and the underrated topic - light skin cancer.”
The free skin cancer screenings every two years are a preventive measure that insured persons should use. Because if skin cancer is detected early, the chances of a cure are significantly higher. Younger people who would also like to have a corresponding preventive medical check-up advised the BVDD to ask their health insurer whether the costs will be covered. In general, an occasional self-examination is recommended, in which the body is searched for conspicuous birthmarks. "Pigment spots that have changed or changed conspicuously, i.e. appear rough and uneven, itch, bleed or wet, do not heal, get bigger and change their color over time" or have an uneven color, according to the BVDD, must be examined immediately a specialist because it may be skin cancer.
Education crucial for skin cancer prevention In the BVDD press release at the start of the Euromelanoma Week, dermatologist Dr. Matthias Hoffmann that in the fight against skin cancer "early education and prevention is the be-all and end-all". Therefore, as part of the ongoing Euromelanoma campaign 2013, the doctors also went to the daycare centers and kindergartens to inform parents and educators about the skin cancer risks. A recent "published study by Dresden dermatologists on behalf of the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection" showed that up to now the information was not sufficient "to protect children in everyday life and vacation from the harmful effects of UV rays." Not only the parents, but also the kindergarten teachers and kindergartens are increasingly being informed about UV risks and protective measures so that they can take appropriate precautions and pass on their knowledge to the little ones, according to BVDD Saxony's Health Minister Christine Clauß.
Children's skin particularly endangered by UV rays Preventing skin cancer by providing information is one of the core topics of the Euromelanoma campaign, and the special need for protection of children's skin is repeatedly pointed out. This should also be reflected, for example, in the construction or the design of the daycare centers and kindergartens. As part of this year's Euromelanoma campaign, the Rhineland-Palatinate Cancer Society together with dermatologist Dr. Harald Uhlemann from Kaiserslautern kindergartens visited to check their suitability for sun protection, reports the BVDD. "If, after several inspections and training sessions, all the stipulated agreements are fulfilled and implemented, the kindergartens receive the SunPass of the European Skin Cancer Foundation and are thus certified as sun protection kindergartens," said the association's press release. (fp)