What is the best way to prevent and detect melanoma?

Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.

What you need to know to keep you safe while enjoying the summer

Thu, May 18: The sun is strongest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. You need to use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, every day of the year. Susan Hay sits down with Dr. Paul Cohen, a board-certified dermatologist, to find out what you need to do to protect yourself.

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

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National Cancer Institute. What You Need To Know About Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers. http://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.