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Skin cancer is one of the most frequent in Venezuela

Every June 13, World Day to Fight Skin Cancer is commemorated. There are severe recommendations to follow to effectively avoid this condition.

Despite not being as lethal as other types of cancer, statistically, skin cancer, non-melanoma, is one of the most frequent oncological conditions in Venezuela, highlights the Santa Paula Medical Group (GMSP) in a press release.

Therefore, it is important to acquire a series of efficient habits to avoid, as far as possible, this pathology; as well as to be aware of possible suspicious lesions, in order to achieve early diagnosis of the disease.

Likewise, every June 13, World Skin Cancer Day is commemorated, which is also one of the most common worldwide.

There are, in addition to melanoma, two other types: squamous cell or squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma (basal cell carcinoma).

Things to consider

Specialists from the Santa Paula Medical Group (GMSP) assure that the leather it must have a homogeneous, shiny appearance, without hardening or flaking, so it is necessary to remain attentive to changes and scars in this organ, since these can be carcinogenic and require a professional review.

It is the largest organ in the body, which protects the body from external agents and reflects its health, so it is important to consult dermatology specialists when it does not appear healthy and lesions appear on it, as these could be carcinogenic.

Lesions suspicious for skin cancer may appear more frequently in areas exposed to UV rays, and in the form of: a waxy or pearly lump; a flat, scar-like lesion that is brown or skin-colored; a crusty or bleeding ulcer, which if it heals and returns, does not heal; a large area of ​​brown with darker parts; a mole that changes shade, size, shape, or bleeds; a small lesion with an irregular border and parts that are red, pink, white, blue, or dark blue.

Risk agents

There are various factors that make a person prone to this condition, which lie in the pigmentation of the skin, the number of moles, among others.

Meanwhile, those with light skin and many moles should protect themselves more and avoid prolonged or excessive sun exposure. Additionally, burns of any etiology, radiation and family history could also play a role.

The damage accumulated in the skin transforms the DNA of the cells, which allows the appearance of spots, the change of the fibers that give us support and elasticity, dehydration and the appearance of skin cancer and other lesions.

How to reduce the possibilities?

To minimize the risk of suffering from skin cancer, a GMSP specialist made certain recommendations: “it is important to take into account that waterproof sunscreens should not be used in the city, because these are only for use on the beach or the pool". He added that “the skin should be protected daily with a sunscreen greater than 30, and applied every 3 hours, if exposed to the sun.”

You should wear special appropriate clothing that protects from UV rays, so he advised: “wear hats, long-sleeved shirts, pants, long skirts, sunglasses; avoid artificial tanning methods; and take into account that artificial lighting also contains UV radiation.”

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