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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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SORDO, Carlos  and  GUTIERREZ, César. Skin cancer and sun radiation: peruvian experience in the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and melanoma. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2013, vol.30, n.1, pp.113-117. ISSN 1726-4634.

The excessive exposure to sun radiation, especially to ultraviolet radiation (UV), has led to various diseases, in particular to skin cancer. In 1995, the Peruvian Dermatological Association conducted the first “Campaign for Education, Prevention and Early Detection of Skin Cancer and Melanoma” called “Mole’s Day”. The Ministry of Health has turned it into an official event, and the Health Social Security (EsSalud) also participates. This is a free campaign that takes place every year nationwide. 118,092 people attended from 1995 to 2011 in 76 sites distributed in 18 cities throughout the country. A cutaneous lesion were malignancy was suspected was identified in 2.8% of people attending, out of which 64.9% corresponded to basal cell carcinoma, 26.7% to cutaneous melanoma, and 8.4% to squamous cell carcinoma. These campaigns are highly important not only because of the assistance given, but also because of the educational activities aimed at promoting a prevention culture in favor of the most vulnerable populations. Finally, we believe it is important to continue educating the population on skin cancer prevention, to build awareness among the authorities so that they actively participate in the performance of these activities, and to ask all physicians to coordinately join this initiative, in order to continue growing, and to improve all that has been attained for the benefit of our country

Keywords : Skin neoplasms; Melanoma; Prevention; Early diagnosis.

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