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Skin Cancer

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 6 Canadians will get skin cancer during his or her lifetime.
  • One third of cancers diagnosed is skin cancer.
  • Skin cancer is preventable.
 

Risk Factors

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

Early Detection

When skin cancer is caught early, there is a 90% cure rate. Just once a month, check your skin.

 

 
Date of creation: December 19, 2012
Last modified on: May 2, 2017
 

References

1Canadian Dermatology Association. Indoor Tanning. Retrieved from
http://www.dermatology.ca/programs-resources/programs/sap/indoor-tanning
2Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation. (2012). About Skin Cancer. Retrieved from
http://www.canadianskincancerfoundation.com/about-skin-cancer.html
3Slevin, T. (2014). Sun, Skin and Health. Collingwood VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.