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National Day to Combat Skin Cancer will have free exams

National Day to Combat Skin Cancer will have free exams

The National Day to Combat Skin Cancer, remembered this Saturday, November 24, will be celebrated with a national campaign conducted by the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD), which will offer free examinations for the population of almost the entire country. There will be 1,500 volunteer dermatologists and other health professionals who will attend 144 health posts and public hospitals in 25 of the 26 Brazilian states, in addition to the Federal District.

This type of cancer is the most common among Brazilians over 40 years of age. Estimates from the National Cancer Institute indicate that Brazil may have more than 134,000 new cases in 2013, representing 25% of all malignant tumors. "We already know what causes skin cancer and who can have it," explains dermatologist Marcus Maia, coordinator of the National Program for Skin Cancer Control, SBD.

The main risk factors are:

- Case of skin cancer in the family;

- Very clear skin that always turns red and

- Light skin,

- Light eyes;

- Many pints on the body;

- Already burned by the sun;

- Freckles on face and / or shoulders;

- Have already treated a skin cancer;

- Have already taken too much sun without protection;

- Have a pint that is changing color;

- Possess a "wound" that does not heal;

- Elderly.

The SBD has carried out this preventive examination campaign for 13 years, serving a total of more than 420 thousand people. The addresses of the places of assistance can be consulted by the SBD website and also free of charge by the number 0800-7013187 (which will be active from 05/11 to 24/11).

Daily habits help to prevent skin cancer

In addition to paying attention to risk factors and performing preventive tests, it is important to take simple care that is very effective in helping to prevent skin cancer from developing:

Spend sunscreen daily

Solar radiation causes less immune response of the skin, which in turn is more vulnerable to the onset of cancer. So wear sunscreen every day, even if it's cold or cloudy (the clouds do not completely block all the sun's rays). Another important care is to pass the protector twenty minutes before exposing yourself to the sun and reapplying whenever you get wet or sweat. If you have children, care should be redoubled.

Avoid harder hours

Prefer to sunbathe at a time other than 10 am to 4 pm, during which time the sun's rays are very Eat foods that help prevent An article by Dr. Niva Shapira, published in the journal


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