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Winter Sun Means More Skin Cancer

Published måndag 3 december 2007 kl 12.20

The Swedish Radiation Protection Agency says because more and more Swedes are taking sun holidays during the cold winter here, there is an increase in skin cancer in this country.

In the past five years the number of Swedes leaving the dark and cold north for a week or more in warmer climes has increased by 15 percent. Last year 300,000 travelled from this country for winter vacations in Asia or Africa.

This, the institute says, is the reason cases of skin cancer are increasing here by just under 5 percent a year. The authorities are reminding travellers to put on enough suntan lotion, wear some protective clothing, and avoid getting burned.

They also say that a pre-trip tan from a solarium doesn’t help at all in preparing the skin for real sunrays.

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