A key player in skin cancer prevention, La Roche-Posay laboratory organises prevention days, actively working alongside dermatologist companies. With the Euromelanoma Group, La Roche-Posay has helped organise free screening days in Europe for over 10 years, an opportunity to educate participants on the risks of skin cancer and how to prevent it. Dermatologists volunteer their time to examine moles, raise participants' awareness of the risks of overexposure to UVA and UVB rays and explain good habits to keep them safe in the sun. And to reach as many people as possible, these actions are also relayed in pharmacies. These free screening days are also held in North America and Latin America. In total, almost 30 countries are involved to promote the importance of prevention in the fight against skin cancer in their region.
For daily support, La Roche-Posay has developed myskincheck.org. Educational and user-friendly, users of the site can learn about skin cancer, assess their risk level and monitor their moles as well as those of their families.
Supporting dermatologists all over the world
La Roche-Posay also supports dermatologists by giving them access to tools and resources to increase health professionals' expertise in the screening of skin lesions. Our laboratory therefore provides dermatologists with training programmes on dermoscopy in collaboration with the International Dermoscopy Society. To ensure broad dissemination, the illustrated and commentated training sessions and podcasts can be accessed from "UV-Damage.org", a site created by La Roche-Posay dedicated to health professionals.
Anthelios: protection for prevention
Exposure to the sun and UV rays encourages moles to turn into cancerous lesions: 50 to 70% of skin cancers are actually linked to overexposure to the sun and UVB and UVA rays1.
To protect yourself from the sun, there are several good habits you can adopt: avoid exposing yourself to the sun between the hours of 12pm and 4pm, regularly apply a high factor sun cream, and wear sunglasses, a hat and a T-shirt on the beach.
To offer very high sun protection against UVA and UVB rays, La Roche-Posay formulated the Anthelios range of high-tolerance sunscreens that provide comfort and protection for the most sensitive skin types. A major player in photo-protection, it has unparalleled clinical documentation at its disposal with details of 21 studies, 19 of which were carried out in vivo on diseases caused by sun exposure. Anthelios is recommended by 25,000 dermatologists worldwide.
And one for your children?
Because 80% of skin damage caused by the sun occurs before the age of 18, La Roche-Posay developed Anthelios Dermo-Pediatrics, a product specially designed to protect children.
1 La Ligue Contre le Cancer, 22/05/2014