Cancer and dermatologists provide information on the dangers of the sun, the need for sun protection and regular skin control
Our skin does not forget! Particularly sun damage, which has occurred in childhood and adolescence, has already laid the foundation for later skin cancer
Univ. Prof. Erika Richtig from the Melanoma Dermatooncology Working Group of the Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venerology
The central message of action: Melanoma is cured if it is detected early and removed
Univ. Dr. Paul Sevelda, president of the Austrian cancer aid
Early detection and adequate surgical removal of dermatological surgery (excision) is a treatment of skin cancer. This measure can cure more than 90% of all patients
Univ. Dr. Christoph Höller, Dermatoonology of the Melanoma Working Group of the Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venerology
Especially those who are outdoors every day must be aware that they are exposed to UV radiation for many hours a day and therefore have an increased risk of skin cancer.
Univ. Prof. Erika Richtig, a dermatoonology group of melanoma of the Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venerology
Vienna (OTS) – Summer is here – not just heat waves, but also the time of the most intense UV rays. This requires proper sun protection for those who are outdoors. The Austrian Organization for Combating Cancer and the Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venerology will again provide you with information on the dangers of the sun, the need for sun protection and regular skin examinations with numerous activities throughout Austria.
From April to early September exposure to UV radiation is the most intense. During these months, avoid the direct sunshine during lunch time from 11 am to 3 pm, the best place to stay in the open is shade for that time.
"Especially those who are outdoors every day should be aware that they are exposed to UV radiation many hours a day and thus have an increased risk of skin cancer" explains Univ. Prof. Erika Richtig from the Melanoma Dermatooncology Working Group of the Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venerology and a member of the Austrian Steiermark Board for Cancer Care. "Shadow, hat, t-shirt, sunglasses and sunscreen are the most important protective measures."
The magnitude of solar radiation is UV Index 1 to 11. The higher the index, the more intense and harmful UV radiation. Most common UV damage, with age of skin, showing wrinkles and pigmentation, especially burns. Repetitive UV overdoses overload skin repair mechanisms and can cause permanent damage to the genetic material of skin cells. It leads to degeneration of affected cells to skin cancer.
Our skin does not forget! Especially the sun damage, which occurred in childhood and adolescence, has already laid the foundations for later skin cancer. Erika is right.
Early detection saves lives
Started in 1988 by the Austrian Society for Dermatology, "The Sun without Repentance" is the oldest precautionary measure for cancer care.
"The central message of action: Melanoma is cured if it is discovered early and removed," explains the president of the Cancer Treatment Assistance Univ.-Prof. Dr. Paul Sevelda. "Several studies conducted by the Austrian cancer-fighting research have shown that this message has also reached the population," says Sevelda. Campaigns "sunshine without remorse" have led to increased awareness of the dangers of the sun, the need for effective sunscreen and regular skin control for suspect pigment lesions.
Skin cancer therapy
"Early detection and adequate surgical removal of dermatological surgery (excision) is the treatment of skin cancer choice, enabling more than 90% of all patients to cure" explains Univ. Prof. Christoph Höller from the Melanoma Dermatooncology Working Group of the Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venerology.
If metastases happen, the situation is not hopeless. Treatment of this skin cancer has significantly improved with the achievements of targeted cancer therapies and immuno-oncological therapies in recent years: "Today we have available medicines that can reduce melanoma metastases, achieve long-term remission and even healing," says Höller, Targeted "Targeted Therapy" blocking tumor cells in growth are now available as well as immunoconostal therapies that can increase the defense by blocking the immune system.
"However, this positive outlook should not be a reason for neglecting primary and secondary programs for the prevention of skin cancer," confirms Erik Richtig. "Especially high-risk people should avoid long-term sunburn."
The Sun without Appreciation 2019
In the new leaflet "The sun without repentance", the Austrian cancer care organization and the Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venerology provide detailed information on UV radiation, proper sun protection and skin cancer screening. It is available free of charge in all pharmacies, dermatologists and cancer care. Information can also be found on the website www.sonneohnereue.at
Under the motto "What does Hänschen do not learn, Hans never learns again", education in kindergartens and schools is a once again important pillar of the campaign. Because it is mainly damage to skin in childhood and adolescence, which often pose the foundation of skin cancer. Die Krebshilfe has therefore designed a number of didactic documents and special informative maps for young children. Since May, the National Cancer Society has been re-enacted throughout Austria.
Thanks to your partners
Austrian Cancer Supporters thank the sun partners without the adversary action 2019: Austrian Society for Dermatology and Venerology, La Roche Posay, Beiersdorf, Novartis, Sanofi, Austrian Pharmacists and HOFER.
Inquiries and Contact:
Austrian Cancer Help
Tel. + 43-1-796 64 50