Various sunscreen dispensers will be placed across Luxembourg from now until September.
Especially during the warmer months, the risk of skin cancer can be reduced through a series of measures. When finding a shady area under a tree or cooling down in fountains, it is advised to wear a hat to protect oneself from the strong UV rays. Most importantly, the sun should be avoided between 11 am and 4 pm.
Breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men are the most common types of cancer here in Luxembourg. Those are followed by intestine and lung cancer.
As part of the cancer prevention and awareness campaigns, ten sunscreen dispensers are located across the country. With this, the Luxembourgish cancer foundation hopes to develop a habit for people to use sunscreen and protect themselves from the sun.
Those with light skin, various freckles, or birthmarks are more likely to get skin cancer. However, there is also a genetic factor that plays a role. Should melanoma be spotted and removed in its early stages, chances of recovery are higher.
Nonetheless, skin cancer is and remains a big problem in Luxembourg. Every summer, the cancer foundation tries to raise awareness of the dangers of the sun, coming up with a creative campaign this year. With the pandemic in particular, more people have been drawn to the outdoors as indoor activities remain restricted.
As a consequence, skin diseases are on the rise, even in Luxembourg. Dr Carole Bauer, president of the Luxembourgish Cancer Foundation states that in the past fifty years, skin cancer diagnoses are doubling every ten years across Europe.
In Luxembourg, roughly 150 new melanoma are found every year. Skin cancer in particular is underestimated, according to Dr Bauer, yet one of the more frequent types of cancer. She accredits this high number in skin diseases to the outdoor activities in hot temperatures.
It is in this context that the cancer foundation is setting up ten 50+ SPF dispensers in a pilot project. These are found near Stausee, the Moselle, but also in the Hesperange Park, for example. According to Dr Bauer, the campaign might possibly expand into other communes over the years.