in

A Simple 3-Step Guide to Checking Your Moles and Preventing Skin Cancer

Various studies and entities revealed that a very significant number of patients postponed or suspended their routine check-ups (Shutterstock) Various studies and entities revealed that a very significant number of patients postponed or suspended their routine check-ups (Shutterstock)

“We give you the keys to protect yourself from sun damage” is the motto with which this year the Argentine Society of Dermatology (SAD) seeks to encourage self-examination and medical consultation with specialists to detect and prevent skin cancer.

More than two decades ago, the SAD carries out its annual skin cancer prevention campaign, which is carried out throughout the month of November, encouraging medical consultation and free check-ups in public hospitals throughout the country. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced to modify the modality of the 2020 campaign. That is why this year self-examination and early consultation (under strict rules and protocols for COVID) are the most important strategies to implement practice, before summer.

Taking into account the current context, various studies and entities revealed that a very significant number of patients postponed or suspended their routine check-ups. For different types of cancer, early detection is essential. Those who for fear of COVID-19 do not wish to approach, at this time, to institutes or medical centers to check moles, spots or marks, may be performed a self-examination to clear doubts.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced to modify the modality of the 2020 campaign The COVID-19 pandemic forced to modify the modality of the 2020 campaign

For that, the specialists shared a simple three-step guide to check your skin.

1- Observe the skin to be able to recognize if any spot or mole is new, has changed or attracts attention

2- Check hidden areas such as the scalp, genital area, among others

3- Ask for help to evaluate other areas of difficult access, such as the back.

The role of the patient in the detection of a suspicious lesion and timely consultation in the diagnosis of skin cancer is recognized.

With the arrival of summer, it is important to be extremely careful, to know what are the factors that predispose to a possible skin cancer and what are the prevention measures to avoid it. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in humans. Detected early, it is curable in most cases.

Therefore, from the SAD they reinforced the keys to protect the skin from sun damage:

Specialists insist on the importance of getting into the habit of using sunscreen every day (Shutterstock) Specialists insist on the importance of getting into the habit of using sunscreen every day (Shutterstock)

– Wear clothing that covers delicate areas such as the face, arms, chest area.

– Apply plenty of broad spectrum sunscreen (which protects against UVB and UVA rays) with an SPF (sun protection factor) higher than 30 (depending on skin type). In the case of white skin, which turns red, the recommended SPF is 50 or higher.

– Sun protection must be renewed every two hours and every 30 minutes in case of any interaction with water (shower, immersion, etc).

– Avoid, as much as possible, sun exposure between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, when the ultraviolet rays are more intense.

– On cloudy or sunny days, the protection must be the same; UVA rays reach our skin.

– Avoid exposing children under one year to direct sun.

The SAD seeks that, through this campaign, more people become aware of the damage that the sun produces on the skin and what are the ways to avoid cancer.

“In this difficult context for everyone, it is important to reinforce that it is necessary to continue taking care of health, taking all the recommended precautionary measures but not abandoning check-ups, analyzes and any measure that protects the integral health of people”, they highlighted, while they recalled that “there are many public and private centers that are attending, where you can make a consultation.”

It is important that the population feel safe and do not hesitate to look for the nearest place, if you observe an injury that causes suspicion or doubt.

I KEEP READING

Skin cancer: by 2025 the number of deaths from melanoma will increase by 20%

They warn about the dangers of not performing routine medical checks for fear of the coronavirus

Since the confirmation of the first case in the country, in March, until today, the disease has already caused more than 36 thousand deaths, which places it in the fatality statistics behind cardiovascular, respiratory diseases and cancer

Since the confirmation of the first case in the country, in March, until today, the disease has already caused more than 36 thousand deaths, which places it in the fatality statistics behind cardiovascular, respiratory diseases and cancer

MORE NEWS