Self-exam. Beautifully.

Checking for skin cancer is easy to add to your skincare routine. Really easy.

Just take a few minutes and you could uncover skin cancer before it becomes a bigger problem.
These self-exams are not meant to diagnose or replace visits with your doctor.
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Skin cancer can be a big deal. Checking for it isn't.

The rate of skin cancer is rising in Canada. And it can affect people of any race, sex, or age.
The survival rate for melanoma is high if it is detected early and unlike many cancers, melanoma is often clearly visible on the skin.1

When detected early

Survival rates can be high1

It’s a full body check. Simple as that.

Self-examination for skin cancer is important. Pick a convenient time to do this monthly check. It shouldn’t take more than about 10 minutes.

These self-exams are not meant to diagnose or replace visits with your doctor.
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Skin cancer - what to look for

  • New or changing moles
  • A clear, red, brown, or black growth that gets larger
  • Any growth that bleeds or aches
  • Open sores, scabs, or pimples that don't go away

Call your doctor if you find anything unusual

Or here is a link to find an expert evaluation
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Melanoma or not, what’s the difference?

There are two types of skin cancer. Melanoma and non-melanoma.

Most skin cancer is considered non-melanoma. It develops slowly in the upper layers of the skin.

Melanoma affects the cells that give skin its colour. This type of cancer is more aggressive than non-melanoma.

The good news is you can take steps to protect yourself – including a monthly self-exam.

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A single blistering sunburn before the age of 20 increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life.²

RATE OF SKIN CANCER*

35%-45%

of all cancers in

Caucasian people

1%-2%

of all cancers in

Black people

2%-4%

of all cancers in

Asian people

4%-5%

of all cancers in

Latinx people

Everybody needs to think about skin cancer

More than 30% of all cancers in Caucasian people are skin cancers*

Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers can affect anyone, no matter their ethnicity or skin colour.

The risk of getting melanoma for Latinx is 1 in 167. And the risk of getting melanoma for Black people in 1 in 1000*

SPECIAL FOCUS FOR DARKER SKIN

 

TIPS SECTION

Tip 1

Keep a record of your spots

Tip 2

Take pictures of anything that looks unusual

Tip 3

Do your self-exam before or after a shower. Or when changing your clothes.

Resources

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Sun protection brochure
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