World Health Day: The skin cancer threat and what we can do

On World Health Day we are made aware of the most pressing health threats. And therefore we going to talk about skin cancer today - the fastest growing cancer in the world. We are going to show you how big it actually is (and that you are also at risk, without trying to scare you), and also what we can do to fight this skin cancer threat together.

Skin cancer: if you don’t know what it is exactly

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and starts in the cells of the skin. It appears on the skin in various forms, like patches or lumps.

Non-melanoma skin cancers, like Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, are the most common. The first signs of skin cancers are often patches or lesions on the skin that show unnatural growth and evolution.

> For a better understanding of symptoms read about the ABCDE-method here.

How big skin cancer is right now

Didn’t know that skin cancer was a major health issue? Well, the truth might be even more shocking than you think. Here are two facts:

– Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.

– Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

So it’s clear that we need to do something…

What you can do

There are a lot of things we can do together to fight this threat. Here are a few important ones that you can start doing as of right now:

Avoid over-exposure to the sun, as UV radiation is one of the biggest causes of skin cancer. And always apply (and re-apply) sunscreen.

Check your skin regularly for signs of unnatural growth. Also, check your partner, and tell your friends to do it.

Being aware of the possible risks is step one. Make sure to share this article (use the buttons below) with your friends as well!

Share this post:
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp

Keep your skin healthy and find skin cancer early.

Peace of mind with an accurate risk indication.

Immediate response based on machine learning technology.

Find skin cancer early. It can save your life.

More about this topic:

Why is skin cancer so common in Australia?

Australia has a confluence of factors that put the population at risk of skin cancer. According to Cancer Council Australia, there are more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanomas in Australia each year. Currently, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. In fact, it was estimated that 15,229 new cases of melanoma alone would be diagnosed in 2019 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

New Zealand Partnership Finds 60 Skin Cancers in First Two Months

Accuro Insurance, a New Zealand owned and operated health insurance provider, rolled out a new membership benefits programme for its members in December of 2017. The long-standing benefit program has seen Accuro’s members gaining access to everything from dentists to health foods. The newest partnership has produced a potentially life-saving result far closer to home than ever expected.  

How to keep a healthy skin in the summer

In most parts of Europe, people are currently enjoying plenty of sunshine as the summer is coming closer. But the sun hasn’t shown its full potential yet. So, how can you enjoy the heartfully warm days while keeping your skin healthy? Here are five tips on how to keep a healthy skin in the summer, without missing out on the pleasures of sunlight.