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  • 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%
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Upcoming Events

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Dec 4 all-day
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all-day Skin Check Reminder
Skin Check Reminder
Dec 29 all-day
Skin Check Reminder
Look up! Tonight’s a full moon – it occurs every four weeks and can serve as a natural reminder to check your skin for signs of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Sign up for monthly...

Melanoma Information Schedule – 2020

The Melanoma Network of Canada’s Patient Information Sessions are a series of presentations by leading Canadian oncologists, dermatologists, surgeons, psychologists and more on the latest in melanoma treatment options and support services. The Patient Information Sessions are free of charge and offered across Canada


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.