I was telling you here that the Bioderm Medical Center together with La Roche-Posay Laboratories organizes between 21-25 May 2012 the Sun Protection Days. During this period, 17 dermatologists from the Bioderm clinics in Bucharest will perform free examinations of suspicious moles in order to detect skin cancers. At the same time, patients will receive medical advice regarding sun exposure and photoprotection.
Consultations will be provided by telephone appointment at the telephone number 031 9101 starting with today.
The Sun Protection Days campaign is already in its second edition, in 2011 the number of people tested exceeded 300, with 2 reported cases of melanoma and 30 suspicious moles (dysplastic nevi).
An important clinical study conducted in Australia for 15 years on a sample of over 1600 adults demonstrated for the first time that regular use of sunscreens reduces the risk of developing melanoma.
The study, conducted by Dr. Adele Green and published in the Journal of Oncology, demonstrates a reduction in the occurrence of melanoma, even the most severe forms, in people who have applied a sunscreen daily.
In 2011, La Roche-Posay Romania initiated a study * on the behavior of Romanians in the sun and how to use sunscreen products:
- 30% of the interviewed Romanians NEVER use sunscreen products;
- 31% of the interviewed Romanians use products with sun protection factor only when they go to the beach.
The study shows that over 50% of the population is not aware of the risks of daily exposure to sunlight.
Even if the degree of sun protection is quite low among adults, parents are much more careful when it comes to children's projection. The study showed that:
- 20% of children are ALWAYS protected from the sun's rays, and
- 45% of them often use sunscreen products.
La Roche-Posay has been with dermatologists for many years in the prevention of skin cancer. Used regularly, ANTHELIOS sunscreen products from La Roche-Posay effectively protect the skin during sun exposure.
Bioderm Medical Center has been providing quality dermatology services for 20 years. Bioderm introduced epiluminescence dermatoscopy in Romania and has, of all the clinics, the most experience in this field.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer and is directly related to sun exposure; it is a tumor that develops from the cells involved in skin coloring, the pigment cells. Because it has a high risk of metastasis, melanoma is the most dangerous skin cancer.
The average age for melanoma is 45-50 years, which is more common in women than in men. The areas where melanoma is most common are the calves in women and the posterior thorax in men.
Anyone can develop skin melanoma, but the risk is higher if one of the following conditions is met:
- sun-sensitive skin: light skin, eyes and hair;
- genetic factors: the presence of numerous moles (over 100); personal or family history of skin tumors;
- severe and repeated sunburn, especially before the age of 15;
- the habit of artificial tanning at the solarium.