Better safe than sorry. For this reason and because under the sun all prevention is little, the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) installs its travelling point on the beaches of Melilla this weekend.
Along with information, creams, sunglasses, caps, or bracelets are being distributed that measure the level of the UVA rays. In addition, a dermatologist is checking moles and stains.
Last year’s data show the effectiveness of a campaign like this: 43 people who passed through here avoided developing skin cancer. “Last year’s results were that 385 people were attended. Vasocellular carcinomas (11), melanomas (two) and precancerous lesions (43) were detected. That is, thanks to this campaign there have been 43 people in Melilla who have not gotten skin cancer because they have had the chance (possibility) to anticipate it. Hopefully this year there will be many more people passing by and we can detect it in time, ” explained Ana María Rodríguez, president of the AECC in Melilla.
The action has the collaboration of the Red Cross and the city. In the face of the change of Government, President Eduardo De Castro has confirmed his determination to continue supporting the initiative.
“It is clear that if I am here it is for something; I am here to support the work that has been done by the Association and the Directorate – General for Public Health, because it is an important job and because, in addition to the political colours and political biases, there is one thing that is inescapable, and that is also a front-line factor for any government that has common sense; and in this case, I am referring to prevention. The Prevention of any cancer is always good,” said the head of the autonomous city.
The rule A, B, C, D, and E against skin cancer
Among the information being given stands out the one known as Rule A, B, C, D and E to differentiate a mole from a melanoma. That is, monitor asymmetry, border color diameter and evolution of warning signs that can be seen on the skin.
“Melanoma, within skin cancer, is the most aggressive, the one that takes people ahead, and I know it because in my family it has happened, and the sensitivity that has, not only the government, but this president, is evident because I know cases very closely,” De Castro said.
In short, it is about following the advice so that the sun does not leave an indelible mark on us. This Saturday the appointment is in Los Carabos; on Sunday, in La Hípica.