Melanoma Facts

Melanoma Facts

 

Melanoma Facts

    • Melanoma is a very serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer and is one of the few cancers with incidence rates on the rise
    • The survival rate for melanoma is high if it is detected early and unlike many cancers, melanoma is often clearly visible on the skin
    • In Canada,  melanoma is one of the top 7 most frequently occurring cancers and incidence rates have more than tripled in the last 30 years
    • It takes only one blistering sunburn to double a person’s chances of developing melanoma
    • Melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer for youth between the ages of 15-29
    • Life-time risk for melanoma is now 1 in 63 versus 1 in 1500 in the 1930s
    • In North America, one person dies from melanoma every hour
    • Melanoma can affect anyone regardless of sex, age, or race
    • The leading cause of melanoma is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources (tanning beds, sunlamps)
    • UV rays can get through clouds, fog and haze. Water, sand, concrete and especially snow can reflect, and even increase, the sun’s burning rays
    • You are at a higher risk for melanoma if you have fair skin, red or blond hair, freckle easily, have many moles, have a close family history of melanoma, a history of severe burns, excessive exposure to UV light from the sun or use of tanning beds amongst other risk factors
    • Early exposure to tanning beds can increase a person’s chance of developing melanoma by up to 75%


Canadian Cancer Society. Melanoma Overview. Available at: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/skin-melanoma/overview/

Canadian Cancer Society. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013. Available at: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/canadian-cancer-statistics-publication
National Cancer Institute. What You Need To Know About Melanoma and Other Skin Cancershttp://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/skin/
World Health Organization. Skin cancers. Available at: ttp://who.int/uv/faq/skincancer/en/index1.html
“The Association of Use of Sunbeds with Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers: A Systematic Review,” International Journal of Cancer 120, no. 5(2006): 1116 – 1122. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.22453/abstract.

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