HMC mulls skin cancer awareness day Mar 09, 2018 0 166 12345 CATHERINE W GICHUKIDOHA HAMAD Medical Corporation (HMC) is planning to have a skin cancer awareness day, in order to educate people on skin cancer and encourage them to get screened, an official has said.Speaking to media persons, the Chairman of Department of Dermatology and Venerology Dr Martin Steinhoff said,"Like in many other countries, we too are planning to have a skin cancer awareness day where people can get screened for the skin. We expect to have the day latest by next year."He said that in Qatar skin cancer is more common than it is thought to be."We are witnessing steady rise in skin cancer patients in the country and their number seems underestimated," he added.Steinhoff explained that white skin cancer, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are the most frequent skin cancers in the whole world, although they are a bit lower in countries where there is protection by coverage. "In the Arab world, white skin cancer is more common than other skin cancers. Melanoma is one of the most aggressive tumors in the world and we see a good number of patients from the region also. We also provide treatment for lymphoma here," he said.He pointed out further that in the white skin cancer, melanoma UV exposure is a trigger factor, which is known through the number of sunburns especially during childhood. "There is also the genetic predisposition for that," he said.Steinhoff added that at HMC they have an inter-disciplinary, diagnostic meeting every Wednesday where they discuss each case of skin cancer."The team includes an oncologist, a radiologist and a pathologist. We also have subspecialty clinic where we monitor the condition of the patient," he said. Pages 123 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Sulaiti, Kuwaiti minister hold talks Mar 09, 2018 0 60 84% rise in German-speaking visitors to Qatar in 2018: QTA Mar 09, 2018 0 245 QA signs 5-year partnership deal with FC Bayern München AG Mar 09, 2018 0 1122 Emir seeks to build EU-style security pact for Middle East region, says GCO Director Qatar's rapid development behind siege: Sheikh Saif QNA DOHA The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani is seeking to build a security pact for the Middle East along the lines of the European Union (EU) system, .. Briefs Moroccan PM meets Qatar's ambassador Prime Minister of Morocco Saadeddine Othmani met with Qatar's Ambassador to Morocco HE Abdullah bin Falah bin Abdulla al Dosari. They discussed bilateral ties and ways to .. Sudan's minister hails Qatar for support QNA Doha SUDANESE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information Dr Ahmed Bilal Othman has said that his country would not forget the great role played by the State of Qatar in establishing peace throughout Sudan, ..