Skin cancer prevention through skin check.
The number of people suffering from skin cancer is steadily increasing in Switzerland. All age groups can be affected, but the frequency increases with age. A distinction is made between the more dangerous black skin cancer (melanoma) and white skin cancer (most commonly basal cell carcinoma and spinocellular carcinoma). These are often preceded by precancerous lesions.
It is important to detect these precursors or very early forms of skin cancer early enough to have a good chance of complete cure.
How often is skin cancer screening necessary/meaningful?
There is no fixed rule. After the initial examination, the patient’s risk profile is determined. People with fair skin types, many moles, melanomas in the family and frequent sunburns in the past have an increased risk of developing skin cancer.
After a careful clinical examination and, if necessary, photo documentation of moles/skin changes, you will be told how often dermatological checks are necessary in your case.
How can I reduce the risk of skin cancer?
The most important measure to reduce the occurrence of skin cancer is optimal sun protection. Which sun protection factor should be used depends on the intensity of the sun’s rays, type of activity, length of time spent in the sun, as well as the skin type or the sun sensitivity of the skin.
However, it is not only important to apply sunscreen. Stay in the shade during the strong midday sun (between 11 am and 3 pm) and also protect yourself from the sun with a hat, sunglasses and clothing. Artificial UV radiation also increases the risk of skin cancer, which is why visits to solariums are not recommended.
Your dermatological specialist at Dermanence will be happy to advise you on the sun protection that makes sense for you.