Adolescents and young adults – the focus of dermatologists’ attention.
The lack of interest in sun protection on the part of younger people greatly worries dermatologists. Despite the availability of unlimited information, having a tan and looking good is seems more important to them than the health factor.
Melanoma: when skin neither forgives nor forgets.
80% of the solar radiation reaching our skin is received before the age of 18; therefore adolescence is key to avoiding skin damage. “Skin damage caused by exposure to the sun is cumulative; the patients we are seeing with skin cancer now are those who had excessive sun exposure in childhood and adolescence and who are now suffering the consequences” explains Dr. del Boz from the Dermatology Department. For example people born between 1940 and 1960, when no one was aware of the dangerous effects of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays and, to make matters worse, healthcare professionals then believed that the sun was beneficial in every sense. In reality around 80% of skin cancer cases could have been prevented.
These are just a few recommendations. If you are concerned that a mole has changed shape or colour, or you have a lesion that does not heal, or even if a new skin appears, it is always best to consult a dermatologist. So, if there is a problem, it can be detected and treated quickly in the simplest way possible.