Malaga – Costa del Sol | The incidence of melanoma in the province of Malaga is double the Spanish average
Figures released to coincide with World Melanoma Day show there were more than 300 cases last year, mostly due to excessive sun exposure and residents of northern Europe whose skin is susceptible to cancer
The incidence of melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer, in Malaga is double the Spanish average, said the president of the Andalusian branch of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, Leandro Martínez. There are more than 300 cases a year in the province of Malaga, which Dr Martínez says is “very high”. The figures were released today, Monday May 23, on the occasion of World Melanoma Day.
There are two reasons why there are more cases in Malaga than elsewhere in the country. One is the climate, which means people are more exposed to the sun, and the other is that many people on the Costa del Sol come from northern Europe and their skin is more likely to develop a cancer. “The main risk factor for melanoma is ultraviolet radiation, that is, the rays of the sun,” said Dr. Martínez.
The risk also applies to UVA tanning booths. “Exposure to artificial ultraviolet radiation before the age of 30 increases the risk of melanoma. It is estimated that from the third tanning session the risk increases, so people should not do it,” he said.
The cure for this type of skin cancer depends on when it is diagnosed. If detected early and located entirely on the epidermis without having ruptured the basement membrane, the cure rate is 99%. “The more advanced the melanoma, the less likely it is to be cured, despite the effective treatments we have,” he said.
This specialist warns that you should not sunbathe between noon and 5:30 p.m., always use sunscreen, stay in the shade on the beach and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. He also recommends seeing a doctor if a mole changes shape, size, or color.
Hospital celebrates World Melanoma Day
World Melanoma Day was marked at the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella with awareness sessions on the importance of melanoma prevention and early detection. Last year, the dermatology department detected 88 melanomas in 80 patients, as some had more than one tumor at the same time.