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OTERO, Camila et al. Prevention of Skin Cancer in the Hospital de Clínicas: What do health personnel know?. Anfamed [online]. 2022, vol.9, n.1, e202.  Epub June 01, 2022. ISSN 2301-1254.

Skin cancer is the most frequent malignancy in Uruguay as well as worldwide, where a person dies every less than four days for this cause.

The most effective prevention measure is to have photoprotective habits, which is achieved through health education and preventive campaigns.

This paper summarizes the results of the physical examination performed on officials of the Hospital de Clínicas in the context of the 2017 Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign and their habits and knowledge of photoprotection.

The vast majority of individuals consider that they have enough information on how to protect themselves from the sun, which comes in 39% of television cases. Still, 41% of them are only protected on special occasions such as trips and summer and only 3 of the participants use adequate measures.

With respect to previous campaigns, 94% did not remember another skin cancer prevention campaign and it was the first time that 99% of the individuals attended, which highlights the need to reinforce the planning and execution of campaigns and effective measures for the promotion and prevention of skin cancer in the coming years in order to reduce the incidence of skin cancer that continues to increase.

Keywords : Photoprotection; skin cancer; skin cancer prevention campaigns.

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