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Who is at risk

Skin cancer can affect anybody at any age. It is most common in people over 50, or people who have had prolonged exposure to the sun.

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How and where to look

We will need: a bright light, a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, 2 chairs, a blow dryer, body maps and a pencil or, ideally, a digital camera.

  • Examine your face, especially the nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use mirrors to get a clear view.
  • Inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view.
  • Check your hands: palms and backs, between the fingers and under the fingernails. Examine both front and back of your forearms.
  • Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms.
  • Look to the neck and chest. Women should lift the breasts to see beneath.
  • With your back to a full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your
  • Still using mirrors don't forget your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
  • Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals.

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Your skin type

Skin type describes how your skin reacts to the sun upon first exposure: Does it burn or does it tan?

The skin type is indentified by various characteristics, such as hair colour or fairness of complexion.

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Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the European Euromelanoma website!

Euromelanoma tries to do exactly that: It is a pan-European campaign for skin cancer prevention that aims to give information to everybody on skin cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment.
 
Initiated in Belgium in 1999, this campaign has spread to 29 countries, from Sweden to Cyprus, Malta, Ireland, Russia , from the North to the South and from the East to the West, all over Europe.

This initiative has been led by a network of European dermatologists who work for free to generously serve this cause. Apart from our yearly campaign of free skin examination we have now tried to help you access information about skin cancer.

You are invited to browse our site and discover for yourselves what skin cancer is and how you can help yourself and your children to minimize your risks of contracting it. Also, there is information on the sun and ultraviolet radiation – and you could discover which are the common myths about tanning!

We hope that our efforts will be appreciated and greater knowledge about skin cancer will lead to a better prevention of this disease. 

 

Prof. Veronique del Marmol, MD, PhD

Euromelanoma Europe Chair

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