PREVENTION

Always Better Than Cure

Primary and Secondary Prevention

Primary prevention can effectively be combined with secondary prevention (educational campaigns, screening, early detection) to reduce the burden of skin cancer and to decrease incidence, morbidity and mortality. These primary prevention measures may include:

Chemoprevention

Research has shown that certain pharmacological agents may help to slowdown or reverse the process of photo-aging or carcinogenesis. The symptoms of photo-aging include prominent deep wrinkles, facial spider veins, dry skin, sun spots and an increased incidence of skin cancer. Although not yet in common use, chemoprevention as it is called, may be a realistic measure for many patients in the near future.

Various synthetic and natural agents are currently being explored. Please take note that more research is needed on this subject and it won't replace primary prevention! Many of these agents are present in daily diet and are supplemented or topically applied. These include: