Since the sixties, the incidence of melanomas has doubled in Europe, affecting especially young people and people with delicate skin. The European Day for the Prevention of Skin Cancer aims to inform about the appearance of tumors derived from excessive exposure to the sun, and give tools to prevent them. If detected early, it is possible to cure them in 95% of cases.
One of the objectives of the campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of adopting good habits in relation to sun exposure. We must avoid the hours of highest concentration of ultraviolet rays, that is, from eleven to four in the afternoon. It is also important to use sunscreens, which are effective to avoid some types of carcinomas, and protect the skin with hats, bandanas, sunglasses and dark colored shirts.
On the other hand, it is fundamental to educate young people on sunscreen habits, since 80% of the damage occurs before the age of 18. People with clear skin and freckles and those who have suffered many sunburns in the past are also at particular risk. It is advisable to examine the skin frequently, and consult the doctor if changes such as the appearance of moles are observed.