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Experts call for skin cancer awareness drive
BY IMRAN MOJIB October 08, 2017
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ABU DHABI: The third Abu Dhabi International Conference in Dermatology & Aesthetics (AIDA 2017) concluded in Abu Dhabi on Saturday with a call to raise awareness about self-skin examination and regular monitoring by dermatologists to improve the chances of skin cancer cure.

Eminent dermatologists gathered in Abu Dhabi from across the world unanimously agreed that people tend to ignore initial signs of skin cancer, despite the fact that diagnosis in early stages can lead to complete cure from the disease.

Dr Khaled Othman, Conference Chair – AIDA 2017, said that the experts attending the conference also highlighted the need of understanding the patient’s lifestyle before prescribing drugs. They stressed that many skin diseases can be easily cured just by making changes in the patient’s diet or other habits.

The participants also stressed on the need of specialist doctors from various fields to work as a team to treat serious patients. On some occasions, it becomes must to involve even a psychiatrist to improve the patient’s condition.

Dr Yasser Elassiuty, Co-Chair, AIDA 2017, said that the dermatologists also called upon the people willing to slow down ageing process to consult a doctor rather than blindly follow the marketing gimmicks of anti-ageing products. They pointed out that people start using various crèmes or treatments without consulting a dermatologist. It might prove to be a waste of money and cause other problems.

The speakers also emphasised on the need of proper training and certification for doctors and nurses using laser technology for treatment. They said that nurses must be certified and follow the guidelines.

The first ever AIDA Award for the Best Aesthetic Case was presented to Dr Patrick Treacy, Dermatologist, Medical Director of Ailesbury Clinics, Ireland. He won the award for the “HELPIR Technique: Vascular Complications of Dermal Fillers.”

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