Date: February 28, 2017

Increasing cloudiness early this evening. Fog patches developing overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 2.

Temp
2.0C

Environment Canada
Text Size >   A   A   A

Printer Friendly

Sun Safety

Be Sun Safe

Check Your Skin

Children's Sun Safety

Risk Factors

Check Your Skin

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:22 PM

Detecting Skin Cancer Early Saves Lives

Early detection of skin cancer offers the best chance for a cure. For example, when melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer is found early there is a 90% chance of being cured.

Signs of skin cancer can take years to appear. Check your skin monthly to catch problems early. If you notice changes, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

The ABCDEs of Melanoma

 A Asymmetry: One half of a mole is unlike the other half.
B Border: Edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
C Colour: Different colours, like shades of brown, tan and black, are mixed.
D Diameter: Anything larger than the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil (6 mm).
E Evolution: Look for change in colour size, shape or symptoms, such as itching, soreness or bleeding.

Learn more about skin cancer self-examination and get a monthly skin check reminder by email.

Melanoma resources:

Canadian Dermatology Association
Canadian Cancer Society
Melanoma Network of Canada