Media advisory: Legislative Assembly to get spots checked - Winnipeg dermatologists host skin cancer screening

OTTAWA, April 2, 2014 /CNW/ - On Monday, April 7 dermatologists will check members and staff of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly at a skin cancer screening and discuss the importance of early detection and prevention for all skin cancers. Participants will learn also how to conduct at-home self-exams.

  • Melanoma skin cancer is the seventh most common cancer in Canada. It is the third most common cancer in women aged 15 to 29. If left untreated, it can be fatal.
  • Fifty-three percent of melanoma skin cancers are discovered by patients and a further 17 percent by their family members.
  • In Manitoba, 175 new cases of melanoma were expected in 2013; of these, there would be 25 deaths. While more men (100) than women (75) are diagnosed in the province, Manitoba men (15) are more likely to die from melanoma than women (10). This reflects the nation's rising death rate from skin cancer among men.

 
Who Dr. Lorne Hurst and Dr. Victoria Taraska
 
What Skin cancer screening and early detection awareness event Interview and photo opportunity
 
When Monday, April 7, 2014
10 am to 1 pm
 
Where:   Manitoba Legislature, Room 236
 
Members of the media welcome to have a skin cancer screening by a dermatologist.
Photos:  Digital photos of skin cancers are available upon request 

SOURCE Canadian Dermatology Association

For further information:

Jennifer Scott, Director, Communications
Office: 613-738-1748, ext. 222
Cell: 613-716-2098
jscott@dermatology.ca

Andrea Vanden Tillaart
Office: 613-738-1748 x 223
Cell: 613-716-2098
avandentillaart@dermatology.ca