Posted on October 07, 2018

Qatar Cancer Society “QCS” has launched “heat wave” campaign to raise the awareness of workers about skin cancer and target over 4,000 workers in the industrial area, in cooperation with Qatar Volunteers. The campaign focused on the importance of precautions when exposed to sun, especially in the summer

Malak  AL Noaimi -  health educator -  Professional Development Office  - at QCS said “There are risk factors for skin cancer as Ultraviolet (UV) radiation “Most common sources of UV are Sunlight is the main source of UV rays and Tanning lamps and beds are an artificial source of UV radiation. Other risk factors are Chemicals exposure especially at workplace, including arsenic, industrial tar, coal, paraffin and certain types of oil may, in addition to The risk of skin cancer is much higher for people with fair (light-colored) skin than for dark-skinned, also Infection with certain types of HPV, particularly those that affect the anal or genital area, may increase skin cancer risks .she add.

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Early signs and symptoms include “A sore that does not heal,  change in sensation – itchiness, tenderness, or pain , Flat, firm, pale or yellow areas, similar to a scar , Small, pink or red, translucent, shiny, pearly bumps, which might have blue, brown, or black areas , Look for new moles and any changes in existing moles in size, shape, or color.

Malak advised to check any mole or birthmark you have by checking for:

  • Asymmetry “One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other,”
  • Border “The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred,”
  • Color “The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue,”  
  • Diameter “The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about the size of a pencil eraser,”
  • Evolving “The mole is evolving or changing in size, shape, or color.”