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Report: Skin Cancer on the rise in the cold Canadian North

Kimberly Love

The Canadian Cancer Society is finding that skin cancer is on the rise for Canadians who spend far too much time in the sun without proper protection. Maybe it’s because the winters are so long and cold that once summer comes Canadians venture out into the heat without a care in the world. Those carefree days come with a price however as Melanoma is on the rise for many Canadian men and women.

Melanoma, considered the deadliest form of cancer out there is on the rise. Thankfully despite the rise in skin cancer it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

The annual stats released by the Canadian Cancer Society report that over the past twenty years the rates of melanoma have only increased. Of course as is expected the rates are increasing far more for elderly people. Th new generation however should be concerned. Oddly enough many of the younger generations are not protecting themselves the way they used to and this is why there is reports of an increase in cancer. Why the change is hard to say? There is more than enough education available to younger people that protection should be used at all times.

Skin cancer is being found more in people in their 20’s and 30’s and it’s because it’s the younger generation that spend the most time out in the sun. When summertime hits it’s ripe with many outdoor activities such as camping, water sports and days spent drinking at the beach. It’s also this age group that are more likely to be found in the tanning beds. Despite the statistics that show the dangers of tanning beds the number of people who use tanning beds have only increased.

Shockingly, all you need is to have one serious sunburn in your twenties to double your risk of developing skin cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society expects to see over 80,000 cases of skin cancer this year.

Protecting the skin needs to be taken more seriously especially when it comes to children and young adults. If you expect to be in the sun for more than 30 minutes, apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. There are many ways in which you can minimize sun exposure such as wearing a hat, sunglasses and lip balm. If you’re outside for long periods of time try to spend some time in the shade. Under no circumstance should you be using a tanning bed.

Cancer deaths are on the rise as well and the Canadian Cancer Society expects to see in this year alone over 76,000 deaths.

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