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Greece: Skin Cancer Free Checking, May 9-13, 2011

Great Action for the early diagnosis of Skin Cancer and thus free of charge! Residents of Greece can undergo screening tests for skin cancer free of charge in private clinics and state hospitals from May 9 to 13, 2011. The Greek Association of Dermatology and Venereology will carry this action on the occasion of the Greek Week Against Skin Cancer.

Those wishing to have a check can arrange an  appointment by calling the phone number 800 11 11 2 22  free of charge.

You can also visit the website  and search the list of participating dermatologists for an appointment. The list is in Greek and arranged alphabetically according to Greek Prefectures. If you don’t speak Greek, I am sure you can find someone to help you. Once you find out the nearest Dermatologist or clinic/hospital, you can call directly for an appointment.

As the tests are free of charge, you don’t need IKA or any health insurance book.

We all know the problem of a skin spot suddenly turning darker, bigger, wilder… It can be harmless, or not… According to scientists, 90% of melanomas can be cured if diagnosed early.

Experts insist: “Take five minutes to check your skin!

The website, created by the Greek Association of Dermatology and Venereology (EDAE) with the support of Dermatological Laboratories of La Roche-Posay, encourage people to check their skin regularly and consult their doctor if they notice any suspicious signs, emphasizing that early diagnosis of melanoma is essential.

One in ten types of cancers that appear more frequently in European populations is skin cancer. The incidence of melanoma has increased over the last 50 years in European countries due to environmental changes and changes in lifestyle. About 130,000 melanomas occur worldwide and about 37,000 people die each year from melanoma. The annual increase in the number of new cases diagnosed in Europe is between 0% and 8%.

Each year , during the Greek Week Against  Skin Cancer about 2,500 cases are reviewed and the results highlight the urgent need for prevention and early diagnosis.

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