Melanoma Risk Factors


  • Severe blistering sunburns before the age of 20
  • Skin that has a tendency to burn
  • More than 50 moles on your body
  • Atypical moles with unusual shape or colour
  • Fair or freckled skin
  • Family or personal history of melanoma or other common skin cancers
  • Exposure to UV radiation – including outdoor sun and artificial UV radiation (tanning beds, sun lamps)

Survival rate for melanoma is high if detected early and unlike other cancers, melanoma is often clearly visible on the skin. Learn the ABCDE’s of melanoma to check your skin monthly

Take a melanoma cancer risk assessment 

Designed by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), My CancerIQ is a website that helps you understand your risk for cancer and what you can do to help lower that risk. Complete a cancer risk assessment and get your personalized action plan now.

My Cancer IQ risk assessment

How to Detect Melanoma 

When spotted early, melanoma has a cure rate of 85%. Learn to spot the ABCDE’s of melanoma.

Tanning Beds are Dangerous

In 2009, WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified exposure to UV-emitting tanning devices as carcinogenic to humans.

Free Melanoma Support

Melanoma Canada has a number of free services for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.