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Skin Type: Melanoma

Updated: Jan 18, 2019


Melanoma is a skin cancer that develops in melanocytes, the pigmented cells present in our skin. It can be more serious than other forms of skin cancer because it quickly spreads to other parts of the body. Spots suspicious for Melanoma usual show one or more of the following signs and symptoms.


In March of 2015, Canadian legislation was passed to ban anyone under the age of 18 years from accessing tanning equipment (tanning beds). Strong Evidence exists linking artificial tanning and skin cancer.

The ABCDEs of Melanoma:

Asymmetry

Border Irregularity

Color changes or too many colors in one mole

Diameter more than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser)

Evolving/Changing


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72 people died from this preventable disease.

Elevated risk factors for melanoma include Caucasian (white) ancestry, fair skin, light hair and light-colored eyes, a history of intense sun exposure, close blood relatives with melanoma, and moles that are unusually numerous, large and irregular. Sun exposure (UVA & UVB) is the leading cause of skin cancer followed closely by artificial tanning. UVA & UVB activates the melanocytes resulting in darker skin. However, this can result in over active melanocytes. Once this gets out of control a Melanoma can develop.


In March of 2015, Canadian legislation was passed to ban anyone under the age of 18 years from accessing tanning equipment (tanning beds). Strong Evidence exists linking artificial tanning and skin cancer. In 2012, 599 Albertans were diagnosed with melanoma. 72 people died from this preventable disease. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, use of artificial tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma by nearly 60 percent!

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