The leading cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet (UV) radiation (from sunlight or artificial sources, such as tanning beds). You are at higher risk of skin cancer if you have/are:
- Fair skin that burns or freckles easily.
- Red or blonde hair with blue or green eyes.
- A large number of moles (>50) or moles that are unusual in colour, shape, or size.
- A history of sunburns or UVR overexposure from the sun or tanning beds.
- A personal or family history of skin cancer.
- A weakened immune system.
- Taking medications that increase your sensitivity to the sun
When skin cancer is caught early, there is a 90% cure rate. Just once a month, check your skin.
- Skin cancer can occur anywhere – including on the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands, the armpits, and under nails.
- Check out the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation’s Have you done your skin check recently? to learn more about checking your skin.
- Learn about the different types of skin cancer.
- Report concerns to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.