Do regular skin checks!
According to Health Canada, skin cancer has been increasing in this country at a fairly constant rate over the past 30 years. In 2005, there were roughly 78,000 new cases of basal and squamous cell carcinomas reported, and about 4,400 new cases of malignant melanomas. It is expected that about 1 in 60 people will develop some form of melanoma during their lifetime. Check your skin regularly for changes in existing lesions or the appearance of new ones. When you are doing a self-exam, look for the following: new growths or sores that wonot heal; small lumps that are smooth, shiny and waxy, or red/reddish brown; and flat red spots that are rough or scaly. Any new growths or skin changes that are black or dark brown should be looked upon with suspicion. Cancerous skin lesions appear primarily on sun-exposed surfaces, but they can also occur on areas that are not normally subjected to sunlight. If you notice anything unusual, get it checked by your doctor. Remember, the best method of protection includes a combination of daily sunscreen use, sun-protective clothing and eyewear, hats and seeking the shade.