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Malaga ranks second highest in Spain for melanoma mortality

Skin Cancer Statistics in Malaga Province Ranked Second in Melanoma Mortality and Sixth in Other Skin Cancers Nationally

Skin cancer is a major public health concern in Spain, with high incidence rates and mortality rates. Spain is known for its sunny weather and beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. However, excessive exposure to the sun can be dangerous and increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

In Spain, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with over 74,000 cases diagnosed each year. The most dangerous type of skin cancer is melanoma, which accounts for 1,400 deaths annually. In fact, Spain has the highest melanoma mortality rate in Europe, with an estimated 10 deaths per 100,000 people.

Skin cancers aren’t all identical, and they may not cause any initial symptoms. Still, unusual changes to your skin can be a warning sign for the different types of cancer. Being alert for changes to your skin may help you get a diagnosis earlier.
Malaga has the second-highest rate of melanoma mortality in Spain

The southern coastal provinces have a higher mortality rate from melanoma. In fact, Murcia is the province with the highest mortality, with 2.61 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Malaga (2.47), Granada (2.45), Almería (2.42) and Alicante (2.41). In the north, with slightly lower rates than the previous ones, Vizcaya, Cantabria, Asturias and Lugo. On the other hand, Ávila (1.52) stands out as the province with the lowest mortality. 

One of the main causes of skin cancer is overexposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds. This can cause damage to the DNA in skin cells, leading to mutations and the formation of cancerous cells. People with fair skin, blonde or red hair, blue or green eyes, and a history of sunburn or excessive sun exposure are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

Skin cancer can be prevented by taking simple measures such as wearing protective clothing, avoiding exposure to the sun during peak hours, and using sunscreen with a high SPF. It is recommended to use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and to reapply every two hours, especially when swimming or sweating.

Early detection

Early detection is key to treating skin cancer successfully. It is important to regularly check your skin for any unusual moles or growths and to see a doctor if you notice any changes in size, shape, or colour. The earlier skin cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

Spain has taken steps to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer and to promote sun safety. The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) has launched campaigns to educate the public about the importance of protecting their skin from the sun. Schools have also introduced sun safety programs to teach children about the dangers of excessive sun exposure.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Practice Sun Safety

  1. Stay in the shade.
  2. Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  3. Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
  4. Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
  5. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
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