SKIN CANCER FACTS
  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Canada. It is also one of the most preventable.
  • Most skin cancers can be cured if detected early. See your doctor about any suspicious sores, spots, or moles, especially if you see changes.
  • The most common risk factor for skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, whether from the sun or from indoor tanning.
  • There are 3 types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
  • In 2014 an estimated 76,100 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed. 440 non-melanoma skin cancer deaths will occur in Canada in 2014. In Saskatchewan, there will be an estimated 3,000 cases diagnosed. 
  • In 2014, an estimated 6,500 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma. An estimated 1,050 deaths due to melanoma will occur. In, Saskatchewan, an estimated 140 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed and 25 deaths from melanoma will occur.
  • An estimated 82,600 new cases of skin cancer and 1,490 deaths from skin cancer will occur in Canada in 2014.
  • In Saskatchewan, an estimated 140 new cases of melanoma and 25 deaths from melanoma will occur in 2014.
  • Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is one of the most common cancers for youth between the ages of 15-29.
  • The risk of melanoma increases by 59% when the use of tanning devices starts before the age of 35. 
  • Everyone is at risk of developing skin cancer, whether your skin is fair, medium or dark.

 

Did you know?

Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories have legislation in place banning the use of indoor tanning beds before the age of 18. Saskatchewan youth deserve the same protection.

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