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Skin Cancer Awareness Month 2023

Poster for the Euromelanoma 2023 Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign

May 16, 2023

Skin cancer (or cutaneous cancer) is one of the most preventable types of cancer because the risk factors are well established. In addition, its onset and development are usually visible at an early stage, and it can be detected by self-examination. However, the global worldwide incidence of skin cancer continues to rise. Campaigns have therefore been implemented to raise awareness among the general population and better prevent this type of cancer.

The different types of skin cancer

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Every year in May, a global campaign is conducted to raise awareness of skin cancer by providing information to the general public about skin cancer prevention and early detection, and by offering free screening.

  • Raise awareness and educate the general public about skin cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment,
  • Share knowledge and best practices with the scientific community,
  • Ensure that skin cancer treatments are readily available via healthcare systems and that their importance is recognized by policy makers.

To date, 39 countries – including countries located beyond the geographical frontiers of Europe, such as Canada – have joined the campaign.

Although the focus of the campaign is always to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention and early detection, a new theme is developed every year and campaign kits are created in several languages. The slogan of the 2023 Euromelanoma campaign is: “Do you use protection? There are easier ways to stay safe in the sun.”

Skin cancer prevention

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major risk factor for skin cancer. It is therefore very important to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothing, by using suncreens or by staying in the shade, especially during the middle of the day when UV radiation levels peak (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the summer, depending on location).

Skin cancer screening

When diagnosed at an early stage, skin cancer can be cured. Therefore, screening is very important!

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