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QCS to educate 4,000 workers about skin cancer


QATAR Cancer Society (QCS) has launched a campaign to raise awareness about skin cancer among over 4,000 workers in Industrial Area, in cooperation with Qatar Volunteers.
The campaign, tagged 'heat wave', focuses on the importance of precautions when exposed to sun, especially in the summer.
Malak al Noaimi, health educator at QCS Professional Development Office, said:"There are risk factors for skin cancer as ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Sunlight is the main source of UV rays while tanning lamps are an artificial source of UV radiation."
"Other risk factors are chemicals exposure, especially at workplace, including arsenic, industrial tar, coal, paraffin and certain types of oil. The risk of skin cancer is much higher for people with fair (light-coloured) skin than for dark-skinned. Besides, infection with certain types of HPV, particularly those that affect the anal or genital area, may increase skin cancer risks," she added.
She said early signs and symptoms include a sore that does not heal, change in sensation, itchiness, tenderness, pain, pale or yellow areas similar to a scar.
Noaimi advised people to check any mole or birthmark by asymmetry. (TNN)

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