OTTAWA, April 4, 2014 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, April 9 dermatologists will check members and staff of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly at a skin cancer screening on 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 British Columbia, 950 new cases of melanoma were expected in 2013; of these, there would be 140 deaths. While more men (520) than women (430) are diagnosed in the province, BC men (85) are more likely to die from melanoma than women (55). This reflects the nation's rising death rate from skin cancer among men.
|Who:||Dr. Patrick Kenny and Dr. Mark Lupin|
|What:|| Skin cancer screening and early detection awareness event
Interview and photo opportunity
|When:||Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10 am to 1 pm|
|Where:||BC Legislature, Rattenbury Room|
|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:
Cecily Wallace, Communications Advisor
Office: 613-738-1748, ext. 229