• 20 JUN 18
    Dermatological checkups to prevent skin cancer

    Dermatological checkups to prevent skin cancer

    Nowadays dermatological checkups are the most effective solution to prevent and detect skin cancer at an early stage. Melanoma is one of the most feared and dangerous types of skin cancer, causing the most deaths from skin cancer. However, if it is early detected and treated, the percentage of cure is greater than 95%.

    Therefore, the recommendation is to go to a dermatological checkup at least once a year. Those people who have a large number of moles (more than 30), who have suffered 6 or more burns in the same area of the body, or who have personal or family history of skin cancer, have a higher risk of suffering from it, so they should go to a checkup more frequently.

    Tips to prevent skin cancer

    In addition to performing dermatological checks periodically to detect it in time, we can easily prevent the onset of melanoma or skin cancer if we do not abuse exposure to the sun and take caution.

    One of the most common tips is to avoid sun exposure during the central hours of the day. On the other hand, if we are going to be exposed for a long time to the intense sun we should also use some type of sunscreen, but not only when we are on the beach, but also when doing other outdoor activities such as walking, playing sports, etc. … although it is something that most people do not do.

    Children are especially vulnerable, so we should avoid exposing children under 3 years of age directly to the sun, and take care that older children wear some type of sunscreen.

    Digital dermatoscopy for early detection of skin cancer

    Digital dermatoscopy consists of a non-invasive scanning technique, in which non-radiating equipment is used to explore and examine each of the moles, spots and other lesions on the skin, thus enabling the detection of any abnormality.

    With all this information a digital map of all of them is created, which is saved to compare it with new maps made in subsequent checkups, thus allowing an even more effective detection of any change and / or suspicious lesion in the skin.

    When to go to the dermatologist for a checkup

    In addition to the annual dermatological checkup recommended above, we should also go to the dermatologist for a checkup in case we detect a new mole that grows rapidly, changes or discomfort in a mole, or other abnormalities or skin lesions.

    To know if we have a suspicious mole, we can follow the rule A, B, C, D, E (Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolution), that is:

    • Asymmetry: if the mole has an asymmetric shape.
    • Border: if the borders of the mole are irregular.
    • Color: if the color of the mole is not homogeneous.
    • Diameter: if the diameter of the mole is greater than 6 millimeters.
    • Evolution: if the mole changes over time.

    In case we discover that any of our moles have any of these symptoms, we should go to a dermatological checkup as soon as possible.

    If you need to go to a dermatological checkup, in our Dermatology Unit at Vithas Xanit International Hospital we offer you the most complete checkup possible, with the latest advances in technology and the best specialists.

    Moreover, the dermatological tests for early detection of skin cancer, including digital dermatoscopy, are also included in our Magnum checkup, contact us for more information.

Dr. Frank Buster
General Doctor

I express my deepest gratitude and eternal debt to the Vithas Xanit International Hospital professionals for the care I received during my stay in hospital. They were most professional, and demonstrated complete dedication. I would like to particularly thank the welfare staff for their wonderful treatment. Thank you for your constant patience and care. It certainly helps to make the situation easier, more bearable, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. 


Medical Specialities

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    At Vithas Xanit we offer the most advanced technology for hair transplantation surgery and for non surgical treatments. We attend both men and women, suffering from any capillary loss, either on the scalp or in any other body area (beard, moustache, eyebrows or eyelashes).

  • Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Unit helps patients to feel good about themselves.
    The latest medical technology and our doctors and surgeons’ perfectionism are key factors in terms of patient satisfaction with the results of their cosmetic surgery or treatment. Liposuction, breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks are among the most applied treatments.

  • Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Our dentists carry out your dental surgery and/or dental treatment quickly and efficiently.
    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, we guarantee high quality dental treatments such as dental surgery (dental implants, sinus lift) or cosmetic dentistry treatments (dental crown, dental bridge, veneers, dentures, etc.).

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    Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic surgery quality and prices vary from country to country and Spain combines the best of both worlds.
    The most requested health tourism orthopedic surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, these procedures are performed using arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Techniques (MIS).

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    Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is considered to be one of Western countries’ major health issues and consequently the demand for bariatric surgery is on the up, particularly concerning gastric banding and gastric bypass
    Our surgeons have been widely trained in this area, with over 20 years’ experience in all bariatric surgeries. They are all done by laparoscopy.

  • Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    The General Surgery and Digestive System Service at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional can boast the most advanced technology and latest generation equipment for treating a wide variety of digestive pathologies such as in gallbladder. This service offers advanced laparoscopy surgery as the main way of tackling most surgical pathologies.

  • Urology – TURP

    Urology – TURP

    The Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional Urology service employs European Board of Urology-certified urologists. This unit offers patients the latest diagnosis techniques, treatments and procedures. At our International Hospital, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most frequently used technique to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  • Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Venous insufficiency is a chronic pathology that affects one in three adults. It is characterised by a deficient blood return in the lower limbs.
    Our International Hospital medical team has wide-ranging experience in sclerotherapy with micro-foam, varicose vein removal with endovascular laser, ambulatory phlebectomy and the C.H.I.V.A technique, among others.

  • Spinal Surgery

    Spinal Surgery

    Slipped discs and spinal stenosis usually affect the lumbar and cervical spine and the spinal surgery most requested by our international patients is laminectomy, as well as arthroplasty of the intervertebral disk and spinal fusion.

  • Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Our international hospital uses a new femtosecond laser, the most technologically advanced refractive surgery system currently available. It can correct long-sightedness and refractive defects such as short sightedness, astigmatism or hypermetropia in a single operation.
    The most popular ophthalmology surgeries among our international patients are laser eye surgery, glaucoma and cataract surgery.

  • Imaging Diagnosis

    Imaging Diagnosis

    Radiology and nuclear medicine are medical specialties that focus on the diagnosis of diseases through the interpretation of images. They provide fundamental information for the Medical Check-Up Unit. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internationalthese two specialities are integrated into a single service in order to provide the maximum reliability and diagnostic coordination.

  • Medical check up

    Medical check up

    Evolving health concepts, greater longevity and technological developments mean that it is increasingly important to detect and make an early diagnosis on diseases and prevent them.
    Therefore, periodic health check-up is the most efficient and secure way of controlling your health.

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    Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Various conditions might lead to a hysterectomy or uterine ablation: uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis.
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