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May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Spring fever is in full swing! The outdoors are calling our name. Not just because it is the safest place to be during the COVID-19 pandemic, but because the sun is shining, and the temperature is rising. May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and MNC wants to remind you to be sun safe while you are being “COVID safe” this spring!

It’s wonderful to spend time outdoors, to shed those extra layers of clothing, and get in some healthy activities – like cycling, or golf. They allow a safe distance to be kept from others, and provide the opportunity to break a sweat and get your heart rate up; but it’s important to remember to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It’s also important to protect your kids. Not just the babies, but the pre-teens, and teens too! One blistering sunburn before the age of 20 increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life. Melanoma can affect anyone regardless of sex, age, or race.

As a new mom, protecting my baby from the sun this spring is top priority, not just because my mom is a survivor, but because melanoma and skin cancer diagnoses are on the rise, especially in young adults! I’ll be outfitting my daughter in UPF protective swim apparel, UPF protective hats, and sunglasses. I’ll also make sure to keep her in the shade as much as possible, and schedule her outdoor playtime earlier in the day, or later in the afternoon to avoid the sun’s peak hours. While my daughter is too young for sunscreen (being under the age of one), I will make sure I’m wearing plenty of SPF 50, and reapplying every two hours.

Talk to your kids about the importance of sun safety. I invite you to watch MNC’s sun safety video for kids, a fun way to teach your children about the importance of sunscreen. I also invite you to visit MNC’s 3 Ways to Block the Rays to learn more about how to stay sun safe, while being “COVID safe” this spring.

The MNC team has been hard at work these last few months, developing and launching new digital resources for patients and physicians. The pandemic continues to challenge us to develop innovative tools and solutions to allow us to continue to support our community, and we have risen to the occasion. I invite you to learn more about our new offerings by visiting the links below. 

Enjoy the warm weather, and stay safe – sign up for our monthly skin check program, and practice 3 ways to block the rays!

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Falyn Katz
Executive Director, Melanoma Network of Canada


Patient Information Resources:

skin of colour
basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
managing life with melanoma
Adjuvant Therapy Guide
Health and Nutrition


Caregiver support group

New Resources for Physicians:

 CME Physician Education Program


Strides for Melanoma
Yorkville Exotic Car Show
Peleton4 Melanoma



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