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Less than one in five insured go to skin cancer prevention

Not even one in five people with statutory health insurance in Germany go to skin cancer screening once a year.

This is the result of a recent evaluation by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), which the newspapers of the Funke media group report on (Saturday editions). According to this, 2018 percent of the insured had their skin examined for abnormalities in 19,7, compared to 2019 percent in 19.

"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Germany with over a quarter of a million new cases every year," said Tim Steimle, head of the pharmaceuticals department at TK. And it applies: The earlier skin cancer is recognized, the better the chances of a cure. Legally insured persons aged 35 and over are entitled to skin cancer screening every two years. With regard to the two years 2018 and 2019, the utilization is less than 40 percent, according to the TK. The number of people with skin cancer is increasing. According to the latest TK skin cancer report 2019, the diagnosis of light skin cancer increased by over 2009 percent between 2015 and 50, and the diagnosis of black skin cancer by over 30 percent.

Black skin cancer is particularly dangerous because it is often fatal if it is recognized too late.

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