Welcome to the Melanoma Network of Canada.
We need to make a change in the direction of this disease.The incidence rates of melanoma and other skin cancers make this the number one most frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide. In Canada, melanoma is the 7th most commonly diagnosed cancer, affecting over 6,800 people and is one of the most common cancers in our youth ages 15 to 29.
But there is hope! Our donors and volunteers make a huge impact in the lives of those affected by melanoma and skin cancer, funding vital research, patient support programs and awareness education.
We are here for you. Patients, health-care professionals, anyone who wants to learn more and create a future without melanoma!
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MELANOMA STATISTICS & FACTS
- 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
- Early exposure to tanning beds can increase a person’s chance of developing melanoma by up to 75%
MELANOMA PATIENT STORIES
Thank you for your support
I don’t know what I would have done or where I’d be without MNC. I found people that understood what I was going through, how I was feeling and what steps I needed to take to get my questions answered so I could sleep at night again. Not only have I found a place with MNC but my husband and grown ‘kids’ have too, as well as friends, family and extended family.
My younger brother, Liam, was diagnosed with melanoma in October 2011 at the age of 36. I immediately started sourcing information on melanoma and supports available for him and our family. I was so grateful to find MNC. I was able to find a source of information, right here in Canada, which I will be forever grateful for finding. From the discussion forums on the website to emails from Annette, I found the support we needed.