Doctors reveal that sunscreen does not completely avoid the risk of burns and warns of a possible skin cancer epidemic (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Melanoma is on the increase in Catalunya with a 50 percent rise in cases since 2000. Around 800 people a year are diagnosed with the cancer in Catalunya, Dr. Vicente García-Patos, head of dermatology at the Hospital Vall d'Hebron, said that "Melanoma has a tendency to increase into an epidemic." Since May he has seen, in his hospital an average of three new cases a week. The detection of these tumors is crucial and photographing spots, freckles and moles on the body is advised. Talking about specific changes to these spots, dermatologist, Vicente García Patos says "They must show them to a doctor, we should know of all spots and peculiarities of the body and undertake periodic self-examination." It has been revealed that high-protection sunscreens do not effectively prevent sun damage and dermatologists argue that these creams never give full protection. They do however, recommend that the creams should be renewed every two hours and should be applied in a thick layer. After years of rising cases of melanoma, the Australian population have now gained significant awareness of the dangers of the sun with suncreams available for free on beaches.
Thousands of football fans took to the streets to celebrate Spain's victory against the Netherlands (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). According to the Guardia Urbana, around 75,000 fans watched Spain beat Holland on the avenida María Cristina in Barcelona and many danced in the Fuente Mágica de Montjuïc after the match. The largest concentration of fans was at Plaza España with most of them wearing the Spanish strip but also the Barça top. There were also hundreds of fans around Plaza Catalunya also. The Mossos d'Esquadra had to stop traffic near Plaza España to enable fans to reach the large screens at Avenida María Cristina. The sound of the vuvuzela, the divisive instrument of the World Cup were heard both in Barcelona and Madrid where large crowds were gathered in the centre. Sunday's winning team will today receive a morning reception in Madrid after the momentous win. This is the first time in 90 years that Spain reached a quarter-final of the competition.
José Montilla, president of the Generalitat has asked José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to rescue the Estatut in the forthcoming meeting in Congress (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). José Montilla wants to move fast to rescue the precepts cut by the TC and wants Zaptero to rule on this at Wednesday's meeting of Congress. The Catalan government urged Zapatero to "rebuild the bridges that were broken by the ruling." The joint resolution proposed by the PSC would require the assistance of the PSOE to be approved but there are doubts as to whether or not it can take place so soon. Montilla is calling for a joint declaration from the Catalan parties but it is not clear as to whether this will be possible before Wednesday.
Also in the news: There was the usual confusion over the number of people who attended the protest march on Saturday with various sources stating different figures. The Ayuntamiento and the Guardia Urbana counted 1,1 million people whilst the organisers but the figure at 1.5 million. El Pais thought it to be more like 425,000, whilst the agency Efe lowered the figure down to 56,000 people. (Read article in full, in Castilian here, El Pais).