3 WAYS TO BLOCK THE RAYS
May is Melanoma Month raises awareness for the very serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Unfortunately diagnoses continue to rise especially in Canadians aged 15-49, and over 1,300 Canadians each year die as a result of the disease.
Survival is high if melanoma is detected early and unlike many cancers, melanoma is often clearly visible on the skin. Over 85% of melanomas are caused by exposure to Ultra Violet Rays (UV). By practicing 3 Ways to Block the Rays and checking your skin monthly for the ABCDE’s of melanoma and you can help prevent a melanoma diagnosis or ensure early diagnosis. Learn more about sun safety visit melanoman.ca/3ways
YOU MISSED A SPOT
You Missed a Spot initiative aims to equip individuals with education and proactive protocols to help stay sun safe throughout the summer and beyond. Held in two major Canadian cities during May is Melanoma Month, participants had a UV image taken of their skin to demonstrate the way the sun’s ultraviolet rays have impacted them and juxtapose it against the powerful protection that sunscreen provides. Participants had an opportunity to have their skin scanned and connect on-site with a dermatologist/oncologist who communicated the importance of sun safety in an effort to help reduce the instances of melanoma nationally. Additionally, survivors were on-site to communicate the necessity of self-detection and proactive measures Canadians can take themselves.