INTRODUCTIONThe global incidence of skin cancer is rising at an annual rate of 3%‐8%. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in the white population and one of the most costly malignancies for the US healthcare system. Cutaneous melanoma is increasing more rapidly than any other malignancy in the United States and nowadays ranks only second to adult leukaemia in terms of loss of years of potential life, per death. The incidence of skin cancer in Spain has increased at rates similar to those reported elsewhere in the world, with the number of new cases tripling between 1978 and 2002. Numerous interacting factors underlie this epidemiological situation, including an ageing population, depletion of the ozone layer and lifestyle changes. However, the main avoidable cause of skin cancer is generally considered to be excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from the sun or from artificial sources. Two high‐risk patterns of sun exposure, acute intermittent recreational and chronic occupational exposure, have been described. Painful sunburn at any age has been associated with an increased risk of skin cancer, particularly melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.The Costa del Sol is a very popular sun‐and‐sand tourist destination on the southern coast of
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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