Posted on July 20, 2018

Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) organised an activity in collaboration with National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), recently as part of ‘Your skin, Your health’ campaign to raise awareness about skin cancer. It also emphasised on the importance of following precautions when exposed to the sun , in addition to the importance of early detection of skin cancer.

Heba Nassar, Head of Health Education Department at QCS, said, “The activity aimed to raise awareness about skin cancer and advised to check any mole or birthmark you have by asymmetry. One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other. Their edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred, the colour is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue. If the spot is larger than six millimetres across (about the size of a pencil eraser). Or if the mole is evolving or changing in size, shape or colour, it has to be checked.”

She also advised to take precautions when exposed to sunlight, especially in the summer. Excessive exposure to Ultra Violet radiation is the most important risk factor for any type of skin cancer. Sunlight is the main source of UV radiation so avoid direct exposure to sunlight between 10am and 4pm and don’t forget that the sun also a very important source for Vitamin D.

There are some steps you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays like stand under a shade, wear protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat . Also you should use sunscreen and be sure to apply the sunscreen properly, always follow the label directions. Pay close attention to your face, ears, neck, arms, and any other areas not covered by clothing, Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors, and reapply it at least every 2 hours to maintain protection , and ask your doctor for the suitable type to your skin m in addition to sunglasses which are important for protecting the delicate skin around the eyes, as well as the eyes themselves,” said Heba.

She stressed the importance of protecting  children from the sun by using all the precautions (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and protective clothing) especially at schools and sea trips. While, early signs and symptoms of skin cancer including 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 colour, said Heba.

source: The Peninsula