VALLETTA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- In the past 20 years in Malta, 17.6 percent of patients diagnosed with melanoma were being found with the disease too late, local newspaper Independent reported on Wednesday.
Among the total 670 cases diagnosed with melanoma, 118 patients have died, the newspaper said.
Malta has been participating in a Melanoma Day Campaign before summer begins for the past 15 years. This year's campaign highlights the importance on spotting Melanoma in its early stages, which has key implications on survival, the report said.
Surgical interventions may remove the cancer with a success rate of 90 percent to 95 percent if Melanoma is spotted early enough, according to the report.
Over sun exposure linked Melanoma skin cancer, with its incidence progressively increasing year after year, is by far the most common skin disease-related cause of death worldwide, the report said.
Experts suggest the exposure to UV rates can be cut down by avoiding being outdoors between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and using sun protection cream, not only at the beach or near the pool, but whenever outdoors, and one should not stay in the sun for long periods, even if protected through the measures explained.
Children are exposed to sun rays during their break time or outdoor sports activities, and thus they should be protected then too, the report suggested.
Even though Melanoma is less common than other skin cancer disease, it is far more dangerous and causes 75 percent of skin-cancer related deaths, leading to 48,000 deaths worldwide per year, according to the newspaper.