Skin cancer treatment costs health service €140m over four years

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 08-05-2018 07:09:00 · 0 Comments
Skin cancer treatment costs health service €140m over four years

The costs of treating skin cancers in Portuguese state hospitals between 2011 and 2015 reached €140 million, according to a study by the Portuguese Association of Cutaneous Cancer (APCC), released in Lisbon.

The study analysed the costs of treating cancers in outpatient and inpatient settings in public hospitals on the Portuguese mainland, which represented €118 million in "non-melanoma skin cancers" and €23.9 million for cases of melanoma.

Given these results, the study warns of the importance of registering non-melanoma skin cancers.

"It is essential for the planning and allocation of human and financial resources for the early and more appropriate treatment of these skin cancers," argues the study, which is due to be presented on Monday at a meeting promoted by the APCC, to mark Euromelanoma: Skin Cancer Day, which this year, will take place in Portugal on 16 May.

On this day, skin cancer screenings will be performed in more than 40 dermatology departments across the country, the APCC said in a statement.

In order to raise the population's awareness of ways to prevent this disease, the association will put together a "Network of APCC Representatives, led by dermatologists who, in collaboration with APCC volunteers, whetehr they are GPs, nurses, pharmacists or educators," will carry out actions among the population.

A "Summer Tour" will also be organised, led by dermatologists, with the support of a number of volunteers, who will go to sea and river beaches all over the country in July, passing on, "concrete messages about adequate sun protection" and explaining how the different skin cancers are diagnosed early.

The incidence of various types of skin cancers has been increasing worldwide, with an estimated 12,000 new cases being diagnosed in Portugal in 2018, and about 1,000 new cases of melanoma, according to the association.

"Most of these skin cancers are related to too much or inadequate sun exposure throughout life, whether for professional or leisure reasons, (such as outdoor sports activities at inappropriate times or without proper sun protection, especially with no hat or clothing that covers all skin including forearms and the neckline)," the association said.


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