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Skin cancer: The most common and, at the same time, the most preventable

Skin cancer: The most common and, at the same time, the most preventable


•Although skin cancer incidence is expected to double in the next 20 years, current treatment success rates is around 90%.

•Mohs surgery is the most effective way to remove and completely eliminate melanomas.

Sun exposure without any protection. This common gesture nowadays is the best breeding ground for melanoma, or in other words, the most serious type of skin cancer. Tomorrow is the Skin Cancer Day which, according to the latest forecasts, is expected to double among the world's population over the next 20 years. Melanoma is a type of cancer that develops on areas of our body such as the face, hands, head and neck, i.e., those that are most exposed to the sun. 

The World Health Organization has recently confirmed that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, and it is increasing faster than any other type. To try to halt this trend, it is of the utter most importance to be educated on skin protection, sun damage awareness and prevention from an early age. Along these lines, Vithas Costa del Sol has developed during the last few weeks a campaign focused on preventing sunburn among children. The team of dermatologists who visited several school centres in Malaga and Benalmadena is led by Dr Enrique Herrera Acosta, Head of the Dermatology Department of Vithas Costa del Sol, who insists on prevention as a key factor in avoiding major ailments. "If we observe changes in the colour or other aspect of our skin, we should go to a specialist to rule out any type of skin cancer".

Despite the importance of the above mentioned data, Dr Herrera emphasizes the high cure rates for this type of melanoma: "Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and if, unfortunately, the existence of melanoma is confirmed, treatment with relatively simple surgery has a success rate of around 90%. Hence the importance of permanent care of our skin and periodic monitoring for any visible changes.

Mohs surgery, a direct route to healing

When Dr Herrera talks about surgeries with high success rates, he refers primarily to micrographic surgery or Mohs surgery, a type of microscopic intervention used in the treatment of certain types of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. This is an outpatient procedure usually performed under local anaesthesia, lasting approximately 3-4 hours and usually does not require hospitalisation. 

"During the intervention we remove the tumour and proceed to analyse lateral and profound edges of the resection. If after this removal we observe that there are still remains of the tumour, the area which is still affected is removed and this process is repeated as many times as necessary until the tumour is completely eliminated. It should be remembered that at Vithas Xanit International Hospital we perform more than 150 Mohs surgeries per year with the best technical and surgical means (laser, photodynamic therapy, Fotofinder, conventional surgery, the aforementioned Mohs surgery, etc.)" Dr Herrera added.

Vithas' commitment: accredited quality care, personalized service and long term

Vithas is the leading healthcare operator with 100% Spanish capital and the second largest in Spain. Each year, it cares for more than 5.000.000 patients in its 19 hospitals and 27 medical centres called Vithas Salud. The 46 centres are distributed throughout the country and include hospitals in Alicante, Almeria, Benalmadena, Castellon, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Sevilla, Tenerife, Vigo, Valencia and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The 27 Vithas Salud centres are located in Alicante, Almuñécar, Elche, El Ejido, Fuengirola, Granada, La Estrada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Marín, Nerja, Pontevedra, Rincon de la Victoria, Sanxenxo, Sevilla, Torre del Mar, Torremolinos, Vilagarcia, and Vitoria-Gasteiz. 

Vithas counts upon more than 300 extraction points throughout Spain thanks to its network of VithasLab laboratories and its own central purchasing office, PlazaSalud24, which as a leader in the sector provides services to more than 39 hospitals, 35 medical centres and 20 dental clinics. Finally, Vithas currently has a strategic agreement in the Balearic Islands with the Juaneda Healthcare Network, which has 5 hospitals and a wide network of medical centres throughout the region. 

Vithas' commitment to accredited quality healthcare and personalized service goes hand in hand with the firm support and long-term vision of Vithas' shareholders: Goodgrower, who control 80% of the capital, and the' La Caixa' group, with the remaining 20%.

With a growth model based on geographical diversification and sustainability, Vithas plans to continue consolidating its national presence both by opening new centres and through acquisitions.

About Vithas Xanit International Hospital 

Vithas Xanit Internacional Hospital (www.xanit.es) has a team of more than 780 professionals and has 13.000 m2 distributed over five floors with 106 individual rooms. In addition, it has a specialized medical centre in Malaga, Vithas Xanit Limonar, which offers patients the most innovative techniques and protocols in Radiotherapy and Medical Oncology and also has outpatient consultations with oncology related specialities. Vithas Xanit also has a specialized medical centre, Xanit Fuengirola, bringing their medical team to this town to continue offering its care with the same quality.


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