Skin cancer prevention: Lunch & Learn about «Melanoma»
More than 100 colleagues took the opportunity to participate in today’s Lunch & Learn, either in person or online. The following is an excerpt of what they learned.
We are committed to the fight against cancer
Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest melanoma incidence rate in the world. Although the average age at diagnosis is 65, melanoma is also one of the most common cancers in young adults under 30, especially women.
«As one of the world’s leading companies in the field of oncology, we consider our responsibility to educate people about cancer and how to prevent it.»
Facts about melanoma
- There are different forms of skin cancer. Melanoma is the most severe form.
- Melanoma can develop not only on the skin, but also, for example, in the eye or in the mucosal membranes.
- The main risk factor for melanoma is UV radiation with sunburn, especially during childhood and adolescence.
- Other risk factors include among others a large number of moles, family history, genetic susceptibility and a weakened immune system.
«The earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the prognosis. It’s important to check the skin regularly.»
Melanoma patient Werner
Werner has a so-called “hidden” melanoma. In his case, the tumor grew inward without any external signs. When he was diagnosed with melanoma, it was twelve, not five to twelve. At the Lunch & Learn, he spoke with Nadia Pellanda, Director EUCAN Oncology Policy. His story is told here (in German, French and Italian).
«Before my illness, I didn’t really know anything about melanoma.»
The ABCD rule
We can actively contribute to reducing the risk of melanoma by ourselves. The most effective measure is sun protection. It is also important to check the skin regularly and to have conspicuous changes examined by a doctor. The so-called ABCD rule is a helpful support to recognize a conspicuous mole
Find out more here (in German, French and Italian)