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Actinic keratosis, free screening starts in Italy

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SIDeMasST (the Italian Association for Medical, Surgical, Aesthetic Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases) presented the signals about the skin campaign, dedicated to the diagnosis of this pathology

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Today, Friday, September 9, SIDeMasST (the Italian Association of Medical, Surgical, Aesthetic Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases) presented a new awareness campaign called “Signals on the Skin” at Hotel Nh Collection Milano CityLife. It is dedicated to actinic keratosis, a rough and scaly patch that forms on the skin after years of sun exposure. It is considered a first form of squamous cell carcinoma, which tends to appear after the age of 40. To help you recognize and diagnose it, SIDeMasST experts have organized free visits by appointment in 23 dermatological centers throughout Italy, with dermatological specialists.

The objectives of the initiative

It is estimated that in Italy at least 30% of people over 70 have at least one actinic keratosis. The anatomical sites where they develop are those that have been chronically exposed to sunlight, such as the face, ears, scalp (for baldness) and the backs of the hands. The risk of occurrence is greater for light-skinned men and women with blond hair and light eyes. “The goal is to give people simple and accurate information designed to change their attitudes towards things that may seem negligible but are actually hiding the germ of something that could evolve into a skin tumor,” explains Giuseppe Monfrecola, the chairman of SIDeMasST.

Ketty Peris, director of the UOC Dermatology at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic Foundation, explained that actinic keratosis manifests “with pink, red, or brown spots” that initially feel “only rough, but thicken and harden over time, from variable dimensions up to a few centimeters”.

How to book a visit

All citizens interested in participating in the campaign can reserve themselves, until all available places are exhausted, on the number 02 82900619, active from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00. The operators who will answer will eventually not only take the reservation, but will also ask some screening questions agreed with the clinicians to understand whether the subject actually suffers from actinic keratosis.

These are all phases of the campaign:

• Friday September 23 – Milan

• Saturday September 24 – Ancona, Avezzano, Bologna, Brescia, Catania, Florence, Naples, Padua, Pisa, Reggio Emilia, Rome, Turin, Trieste

• Saturday October 1: Milan

• Sunday, October 4: Rome

• Saturday, October 8: Bari, Perugia

• Saturday, October 15: Messina

• Thursday, October 20: Siena

Source: TG 24 Sky

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