Guantanamo Dermatologists Begin Campaign against Skin Cancer

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Skin cancerA program of activities for promotion, education and active research will be held on February 4 in Guantanamo on occasion of the Moon Day, an initiative that the World Health Organization (WHO) promotes, among other sectors, about a decade ago during the World Cancer Fight campaign.

 Dr. Isel María Soler Ortiz, who works in the dermatology office of the Provincial Hospital Dr. Agostinho Neto said that all people with spots on the skin or any pigmented lesion or not, that causes itching, bleeding or growth may attend this Tuesday to that center of secondary health care centers such as the polyclinics of Guantanamo, Caimanera, El Salvador, Manuel Tames, Maisí and Baracoa, to be examined, without the need of previous consultation, referrals or evaluation.

She added that skin cancer appears mainly in the areas most exposed to the sun, such as the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands and legs, but it can also appear in areas that rarely exposed to light like the palms of the hands, under the nails as well as of the feet, in genital area, hence using umbrellas, glasses and sun tan lotions or cream are necessary for its prevention.

Under the motto A mole can change my life, dermatologists from more than a hundred countries join the day of the Moon on February 4, a campaign to contribute to the education, prevention and diagnosis of pre-malignant and malignant lesions of the skin, as they are alarming figures of incidence and prevalence of this type of cancer in the last 20 years.

Cuba does not escape that reality and in the last decade reports a substantial increase of skin cancer cases in all its varieties and clinical forms, hence for the ninth consecutive time the dermatology departments of the country join the work of monitoring under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP).

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