For over 20 years, the Israel Cancer Association has been holding Skin Cancer Awareness Week to raise public awareness on preventing sun damage and early detection of skin cancer.
The public is encouraged to avoid exposure to the sun at dangerous times, use all means of protection, and be aware of the importance of early detection.
The ICA announced the launch of the 2019 Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Awareness Week from June 17-23. This is the 27th year of the unique campaign initiated by the ICA, inviting the general public to a free early detection screening for skin cancer. The hundreds of check-up clinics across Israel, in collaboration with Clalit, Maccabi, Meuhedet and Leumit health care funds, are manned by dermatologists and plastic surgeons, who will perform skin cancer and melanoma early detection examinations that can save lives. The list of clinics is published close to the launching of the campaign in the media channels, on the ICA website and on the association’s Facebook page found in this link.
During Awareness Week, the ICA organizes an information campaign through the media, distributes informative material to various public and educational institutions (kindergartens, schools, community centers etc.)
Ahead of this week, the ICA along with the Ministry of Health published the most updated statistics as of June 2019, showing that in 2016, 1,846 new patients were diagnosed with skin melanoma, mostly Jews born in Israel, Europe and America and 209 people died in Israel as a result of malignant invasive skin melanoma.
These are the most updated statistics as of June 2019, and pertain to the first year of diagnosis. Due to the complexity of data collection, the most updated obtainable information at the National Cancer Registry refers to 2016, but is true to November 2019.
The latest main statistics of the National Cancer Registry, the National Center for Disease Control at the Ministry of Health, prepared by Prof. Lital Keinan-Boker, Dr. Barbara Silverman, Ms. Yehudit Fishler, and Ms. Rita Dachtiar show the following:
Today: New Zealand still leads with a mortality rate of 4.8 patients per 100,000 citizens, while Israel is ranked number 20 in mortality rate with 1.8 patients per 100,000 citizens. The lowest mortality rate is in Canada, 1.6 patients per 100,000 citizens, not far ahead of Israel. So in actuality, Israel is ranked number 12 out of 14, considering that some of the countries have the exact same mortality rate.
*Of the 30 countries with the highest rates in the world.
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