January 17th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS or “Caja”) is reminding residents of the danger of skin cancer, and advising the public to take preventive measures, as public health centers receive patients with tumors on a daily basis. The CCSS says that seniors are the most vulnerable.
According to the dermatologist Sergio Cortes, from the Calderon Guardia Hospital, the lighter the pigment of the skin, the more susceptible it is to sunburn.
Moreover, having been sunburnt on three occasions before the age of 18 increases by four times the risk of developing a tumor before the age of 60.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Costa Rica.
54 out of 100,000 male inhabitants suffer from skin cancer, and in women, 45 out of every 100,000 inhabitants suffer from the illness.
Six deaths as a result of skin cancer are reported every month. As a result, authorities are asking residents to pay attention to their bodies, and be on the lookout for spots on the skin, or changes in a mole, such as change in color, shape or size.
Authorities recommend daily use of sunblock, and not just at the beach. In the San Jose metropolitan area, for example, the higher altitude increases exposure to the sun’s radiation by up to 30%.