“Mole Talk” initiative participates in 2nd Annual Dermatology Medicine Conference

Mole talkAbu Dhabi, 17 November 2015 – A medical team from “Mole Talk” campaign, a skin cancer awareness initiative launched in September 2014 by Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) and NIVEA Sun,participated in the 2nd Annual Dermatology Medicine Conference held recently at the Park Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, with the aim of reviewing the latest studies and scientific research in the field of dermatology, including skin cancer.

Mole Talk’s medical team, consisting of 3 doctors and 3 nurses, participated in all sessions of the conference, accredited by the Continuing Medical Education at the Ministry of Health, in order to become acquainted with the latest findings of medical studies and research into skin disease, including skin cancer. The conference brought together an elite group of consultant dermatologists and general medicine professionals who discussed the latest key trends in derma practices, as well as gave an update on diagnostic and treatment techniques.  The event also covered a number of related topics, such as acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, derma oncology, skin infections, hair loss, small derma clinical procedures and laser derma treatment.

Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General of FoCP, said, “The Mole Talk initiative is always eager to participate in such important medical conferences in order to keep up to date with the latest scientific studies and research as well as on the latest global derma diagnostic and treatment methods. This helps us greatly in our awareness campaign that aims to educate the public about derma diseases, with a focus on skin cancer, and provide advice and guidance on skin cancer prevention and protection from the harmful effects of sunrays.”

Dr. Al Madhi added, “Participation at this conference provided us with a new platform to continue our efforts to raise awareness about skin cancer and its prevention and early detection, and encourage the public to adopt healthy practices with regards to sun exposure, increasing the chances of preventing skin cancer.”

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Al Madhi said that the Mole Talk team held discussions with a number of dermatologists and consultants on the latest developments in dealing with skin cancer and the need to step up and unify efforts to spread awareness about the disease.

According to the UN World Health Organisation (WHO), skin cancer incidence is on the rise, and is the fourth most common cancer among men in the Gulf region and the fifth most common among women. Between 2 to 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year.

Mole Talk is a 3-year skin cancer awareness initiative by Friends of Cancer Patients, the UAE’s leading cancer specific charity, launched in partnership with NIVEA Sun in September 2014. Mole Talk seeks to increase awareness of the prevention, early detection, signs and symptoms, and treatment of skin cancer. It aims to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the disease which is an ‘under-recognised overachiever’ and one of the most common in the Middle East.

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