Relax, but take care of your skin

TAn eraser, a pool, the seaside … the French benefit from the gradual lifting of health restrictions associated with the Covid epidemic and … the sun.

People have to live, but it seems important for us to remember the advice about sun protection
Luke Sulimowicz, president of the National Federation of Dermatologists and Venereologists (SNDV), notes, on the occasion of Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Week.

Although everyone knows that excessive sun exposure can be harmful, very few people practically protect themselves.
» in saying.

No, UV cabins don’t do that
“Not the skin in the sun, the best protection”
It is not sunscreen, it is protective clothing, do not show between noon and 4 pm, wear a hat and sunglasses
‘, summarizes the doctor.

In addition to relaxing alertness in the face of the dangers of the sun, dermatologists also fear an increase in serious cases due to delays in diagnosis and treatment, after successive bouts of confinement.

If there are no accurate statistics yet on the period of restrictions associated with Covid, the dermatologists interviewed by SNDV mention more patients who have postponed or canceled their consultations and say they are diagnosed with cancer”
In slightly more advanced stages
than before.

Skin Cancer Prevention and Screening Week will be held online

Skin Cancer Prevention and Screening Week, which usually consists of offering a free examination by a dermatologist, for example to check up on a suspicious mole, should be canceled in 2020 due to the health crisis. This year, the entire process will take place online, with a website created ( and dedicated accounts on social networks. They will offer awareness videos and the possibility to ask dermatologists.”
All questions related to skin cancer screening, self-examination and prevention

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The process, which is supported by many cosmetic brands, will also be based on lessons and discussions with
» Specialist in dermatology.

SNDV in particular wants to encourage the French to practice regular self-examination: “
Watch carefully his bare skin from head to toe, front and back
“, if necessary using a mirror or a loved one,”
Not forgetting the inconspicuous areas: the ears, nails, soles of the feet, the spaces between the fingers, the genitals …

What should be alerted?
Rapid appearance or change of mole or lesion
Dr. Solimowicz explains. When in doubt, a dermatologist may be consulted, in-office or via tele-experience at the request of a trained general practitioner, a practice experienced in three areas that has “
It has grown exponentially since the Covid-19 epidemic

Cancer ‘most common’

80,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in France each year, making it the “most common type of cancer,” according to SNDV. The most common cancers are not very dangerous in the vast majority of cases. Others, melanoma, are more aggressive: “In a continuous fifty-year increase, there are 14,325 new cases, including 1,773 deaths each year,” the union recalls. The prognosis remains good if the melanoma is detected and treated at an early stage, not to mention the disease has already spread in the body (with metastases), hence the importance of early diagnosis.

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