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17 October 2007 | Printer friendly

Skin cancer prevention program among school-age children

Organisation: Western-Transdanubian Regional Institute of National Public Health and Medical Officers’ Service

Contact details:www.antszzala.hu, kozegugy@gyor.antsz.hu

Public health leaders promote “sun-safe”

The incidence of skin cancers is increasing worldwide, affecting younger and younger age groups. Habits established in childhood can help protect against sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer during early and later life.

The Western-Transdanubian Regional Institute of National Public Health and Medical Officers’ Service in Hungary joined a skin cancer prevention programme coordinated in Rome to teach children “sun-safe behaviour”.

During 2004, more than 2,000 Hungarian children received information from the programme. First, questionnaires were distributed in 20 primary schools in three cities. The results were analysed with the help of the Italian institute. Each participant was sent his or her result in a letter just before the summer holidays. The key messages included that those with a sensitive skin complexion are most vulnerable, and that sunburn during childhood doubles the risk of developing malignant melanoma later in life.


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