Skin cancer: One of the most preventable cancers Skin cancer: One of the most preventable cancers

Skin cancer: One of the most preventable cancers

Before 30 May, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


The main cause of skin cancer is the frequent and prolonged exposure to the sun.

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer and has the highest of recovery rates. There are different subtypes, however, that have different levels of risks and effects on people, including squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma (the least common, but most aggressive) and basal cell carcinoma (the most common).

The best way to reduce these risks is to avoid sun exposure during the times of the day when radiation is at its greatest and to use UVA and UVB sunblock as well as other forms of protection.

Studies in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, published by the American Association for Cancer Research, found that women that experienced sunburns at least five times in their youth have greater chances of developing one of the three main forms of skin cancer.

The following infographic provides further information on this type of cancer.

According to a study on the rates of skin cancer in Colombia, the departments of Antioquia, Cundinamarca and Boyacá as well as the city of Bogotá, are the regions with the highest skin cancer rates in the country.