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Melanoma skin cancer fastest-growing in Canada

Written by: QMI Agency
 

May. 28, 2014

Melanoma skin cancer fastest growing in Canada (Fotolia)


 

Canadians are spending more time soaking up the sun without adequate protection, a new report from the Canadian Cancer Society says.

Melanoma skin cancer is the fastest rising of all the cancers in Canada and is also the most preventable type of cancer. It accounts for about 3% of all new cancer cases. The report says 6,500 new cases of malignant melanoma and 76,100 cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are expected to be diagnosed in 2014. Melanoma is expected to kill 1,050 Canadians this year.

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Two national surveys in the past 20 years showed the number of adults who spent two or more hours in the sun on a summer day increased between 1996 and 2006, but there was no corresponding increase in the use of sun protection. Fewer Canadians reported wearing protective clothing and hats in 2006 compared to a decade earlier.

"It's important to draw attention to the rising incidence and death rates for skin cancer so that we can look at ways to be more effective in tackling this important public health problem," Prithwish De, an epidemiologist with the Canadian Cancer Society, said in a press release.

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