Orange December: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Brazil

Source: BRYTFMONLINE, December 2021

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Brazil, accounting for 33% of cases in the country. The National Cancer Institute (Inca) records about 185 thousand new diagnoses of the disease annually, and melanoma is considered the most aggressive form of the disease, responsible for more than 8 thousand cases. In December, the national campaign to prevent the disease, known as December Orange, was implemented.

In 2020, 176,930 cases and 2,616 deaths from the disease were recorded by the Incas. According to dermatologist Marilou Tiuba, of Clínica AMO, who specializes in the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, skin cancer is caused by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of skin cells and the main cause is excessive, unprotected solar radiation.

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