Published 23 days ago, by Roeland Pater
On World Health Day we are made aware of the most pressing health threats. And therefore we going to talk about skin cancer today - the fastest growing cancer in the world. We are going to show you how big it actually is (and that you are also at risk, without trying to scare you), and also what we can do to fight this threat together.
Skin cancer: if you don't know what it is exactly
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and starts in the cells of the skin. It appears on the skin in various forms, like patches or lumps.
Non-melanoma skin cancers, like Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, are the most common. The first signs of skin cancers are often patches or lesions on the skin that show unnatural growth and evolution.
How big skin cancer is right now
Didn't know that skin cancer was a major health issue? Well, the truth might be even more shocking than you think. Here are two facts:
- Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
- Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
So it's clear that we need to do something...
What you can do
There are a lot of things we can do together to fight this threat. Here are a few important ones that you can start doing as of right now:
- Avoid over-exposure to the sun, as UV radiation is one of the biggest causes of skin cancer. And always apply (and re-apply) sunscreen.
- Check your skin regularly for signs of unnatural growth. Also check your partner, and tell your friends to do it. (there's an app for that - download for free here)
- Being aware of the possible risks is step one. Make sure to share this article (use the buttons below) with your friends as well!