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Face to face with chronic disease: Cancer

Noemia's story

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A diagnosis of skin cancer has changed all that. Noemia had not realized that Brazil's sun-drenched beaches could be so dangerous. Skin cancer can develop as a result of over-exposure to the sun's harmful rays. After a lifetime unprotected in the sun, Noemia has been diagnosed with skin cancer on her legs. Simple steps like keeping out of direct sunlight could have prevented her cancer.

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