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SKIN CANCER PREVENTION & EARLY DETECTION

Statistics show that skin cancer can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, or race. Educating yourself on the facts, prevention, detection and treatment methods will help you take better control of your health and minimize the chances of developing skin cancer

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%

Upcoming Events

Feb
2
Wed
2022
6:30 pm Virtual Melanoma Support Group
Virtual Melanoma Support Group
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Melanoma Support Group @ Oshawa | Ontario | Canada
VIRTUAL MELANOMA SUPPORT GROUP Led by skilled health care professionals along with cancer survivors, the sessions are structured but also flexible in format and topics. Our groups share information, understanding, challenges, questions, tips and invites...
Feb
26
Sat
2022
all-day 7 Summits Snowshoe Challenge for...
7 Summits Snowshoe Challenge for...
Feb 26 all-day
7 Summits Snowshoe Challenge for Skin Cancer
Did you know you can still get a sunburn in the winter? Melanoma Network of Canada is excited to announce the 7 Summits Snowshoe Challenge for Skin Cancer, our new winter fundraising and awareness event...
Mar
2
Wed
2022
6:30 pm Virtual Melanoma Support Group
Virtual Melanoma Support Group
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Melanoma Support Group @ Oshawa | Ontario | Canada
VIRTUAL MELANOMA SUPPORT GROUP Led by skilled health care professionals along with cancer survivors, the sessions are structured but also flexible in format and topics. Our groups share information, understanding, challenges, questions, tips and invites...
Apr
6
Wed
2022
6:30 pm Virtual Melanoma Support Group
Virtual Melanoma Support Group
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Melanoma Support Group @ Oshawa | Ontario | Canada
VIRTUAL MELANOMA SUPPORT GROUP Led by skilled health care professionals along with cancer survivors, the sessions are structured but also flexible in format and topics. Our groups share information, understanding, challenges, questions, tips and invites...
May
4
Wed
2022
6:30 pm Virtual Melanoma Support Group
Virtual Melanoma Support Group
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Melanoma Support Group @ Oshawa | Ontario | Canada
VIRTUAL MELANOMA SUPPORT GROUP Led by skilled health care professionals along with cancer survivors, the sessions are structured but also flexible in format and topics. Our groups share information, understanding, challenges, questions, tips and invites...
May
29
Sun
2022
all-day Strides for Melanoma 2022
Strides for Melanoma 2022
May 29 all-day
Strides for Melanoma 2022
Virtual 5km Walk or Run to Stop Skin Cancer! Join us on May 29th 2022 When you raise funds for Strides Walk for Melanoma, you have a direct impact on the lives of melanoma and...

MELANOMA PATIENT STORIES

I am a uveal melanoma survivor.  Few people know about this rare form of melanoma; in fact, most of us who acquire it, do not even know of its existence until the day we are diagnosed. This is my story.

Joan Bowness

This December I will turn 43 years old and for the past 8 years I’ve had many ups and downs with melanoma, however I can honestly say that I am a stronger and better person for the journey.  I have learned so much about myself and what matters most to me.

Cam Lane

Melanoma is not just SKIN cancer. The disease is not just skin deep, it can reach far and wide…it is cancer. My name is Caroline. I am 28 years old and I was diagnosed with stage 3C melanoma in August 2013. This is my story:

Caroline Cooper

Your Support Has a Direct Impact Across Canada

Melanoma is on the increase worldwide. In Canada it is one of the few cancers on the rise and is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in our youth, ages 15 to 29 years. This year, over 7,300 people will be diagnosed with melanoma and thousands more will be treated for recurrences.

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