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Skin cancer projects

Skin cancer is one form of cancer that will become more important in public health terms in the coming decades in the absence of effective intervention.

The European Code Against Cancer recommends that ‘Care must be taken to avoid excessive sun exposure. It is specifically important to protect children and adolescents. For individuals who have a tendency to burn in the sun active protective measures must be taken throughout life’. This is the reason for which a number of actions have been supported by the European Commission in order to create a solid basis for action and in view to raise awareness and helping people to prevent skin cancer.

The Health Programme (2007-2013) has supported two main actions: first, EUROSUN(Measuring the exposure of individuals and populations in Europe to UV radiation by using the data of meteorological satellites)in whichprimary prevention messages developed to reduce UV exposure have been adapted for each Member State including an atlas of UV irradiation.

Second, the project EPIDERM (European Prevention Initiative for Dermatological Malignancies) was funded by the Health Programme in order to acquire and disseminate knowledge on skin cancers relating to their occurrence, risk factors, treatments and costs of illness to develop prevention and risk reduction strategies and best practice recommendations.

In the framework of the FP6 Programme, the Commission also funded the project EUROSKIN (European network of skin cancer prevention) to support initiatives on primary prevention, on European certification standard for solaria, on Epidermal stem cells and carcinoma and on Screening of skin cancer.

Widespread implementation of the recommendations of these projects in the National Cancer Plans in the Member States of the European Union would lead to a reduction in skin cancers incidence.

More information:

European Commission – Public Health

European Commission – Health-EU