Cuba in Campaign Against Skin Cancer

Havana, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) A campaign of prevention against dermatological injuries is taking place today in Cuba as part of the actions to celebrate the World Day to Fight Cancer.

Under the name Lunar Day in Cuba, the initiative includes hospitals, factories, labor centers, military units, schools and institutions, a Cuban Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) directive told the Cuban News Agency.

According to the Minsap’s national coordinator for Skin Cancer, Olaine Gray, in Cuba increases the incidence of skin cancer with about 9,000 patients per year, although mortality rate is very low.

According to the World Health Organization, there are 132,000 cases of malignant melanoma (the most damaging skin cancer in the world) every year, and approximately 66,000 people die from it and other types of skin cancer.

World Cancer Day will be celebrated tomorrow (Feb 4) under the slogan ‘We can, I can’.

The Pan American Health Organization and WHO explained in a statement that this day is an opportunity to raise awareness and draw attention to the fact that everyone, individually and collectively, can help prevent and control that disease.

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