Skin Cancer

A Heartfelt Thanks To My Melanoma Heroes

Natalie Richardson | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Living
Natalie Richardson

The recent awareness campaign #MelanomaHeroes speaks to me on an even more personal level, as it afforded me the opportunity to publicly thank the two most important people in my life: my twin daughters. Claire and Cass, my right-and-left-hand women. My heroes, melanoma and otherwise.

Lengthy Cancer Drug Approval Process Makes Me Fear For My Future

Natalie Richardson | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Richardson

I am a survivor of advanced melanoma: skin cancer which spread to my lymphatic system. I was able to receive eight powerful - and expensive - immunotherapy treatments which quite possibly saved my life. It never occurred to me that, should the disease come back, that I might not receive further treatment.

Sharing My Melanoma Journey Through Photographs

Natalie Richardson | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Richardson

I am consoled by having the ability to share my story in the hopes that it can help others. Whether or not a fellow melanoma warrior speaks openly about their own diagnosis, I can give my perspective, and my new-found optimism, to those who may feel as isolated as I did when I found out I have stage 3b skin cancer.

How To Practice Sun Safety And Protect Your Skin

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The sun. It's a beautiful thing, and when it's shining, the streets, parks and beaches get really busy. The city comes alive! But it's not all good. The sun can burn! And, a history of sunburns increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanomas. Sun exposure can also cause wrinkles, dry skin and age spots.

I Discovered The One Thing All Cancer Survivors Understand

Tammy Taylor | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Living
Tammy Taylor

My life was forever changed in one diagnosis: cancer. After 25 years, I had finally learned that the rash on my body was the precursor to a rare form of cancer called for Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) that would need to be treated with full-body radiation. My treatment plan was as unique as my diagnosis.

It's Time We All Take Skin Cancer More Seriously

Her Magazine | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

My daughter saved my life. In the doctor's office for her sore throat, she urged me to have our physician look at my mole. The mole I had had on my hip all my life, the mole that had changed colour and shape over the course of six months, the mole that I would quickly learn had mutated into stage 3b melanoma.

Doctor's Tips For Skin Cancer Prevention And Screening

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It forms when the DNA of your skin is harmed, doesn't repair itself and instead mutates to form cancerous cells. Melanomas often look like moles, or develop from existing moles. It can spread from the skin to other parts of the body.

No, It's Not 'Just' Skin Cancer

Natalie Richardson | Posted 04.09.2017 | Canada Living
Natalie Richardson

Growing up, we never talked about the importance of sun protection. We ran and played outside, without even thinking about applying sunscreen. Had I known that ignorance would lead to a stage 3b metastatic melanoma diagnosis in my mid-30s, I would've done things a lot differently.

Hugh Jackman Undergoes Fifth Surgery For Skin Cancer

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living

Please wear sunscreen!

Try This Natural Approach to Sun Protection

Andrea Sarjeant | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Sarjeant

There are plenty of new sunscreen products on the market today and we're using them more than ever before. But with all the incidences of skin cancer, clearly something is wrong with the way we're getting our sun exposure. Here are three concepts to understand before you step outside into the sun.

If You Aren't Scared Of Skin Cancer Yet, You Will Be After This Photo

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Living

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canada, and also, the most preventable form of the disease. But every year, thousands of people are d...

Alberta To Ban Tanning Beds For Youth

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta hopes to help protect young people from getting skin cancer by banning them from using indoor tanning beds.Legislation introduced M...

Drink Coffee For .. Skin Cancer Prevention?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living

Drinking coffee can lower your risk for malignant melanoma, according to a new study from the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the Nati...

Here's A Very Rosy Cancer Prediction

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Living

We learned a lot about cancer this past year, but a new study out of the U.K. has even better news: the number of deaths from the disease could soon b...

Hugh Jackman Battles Skin Cancer For The Third Time In A Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living

Going through treatment for cancer is not something most people want to do in public, but when you're a movie star, you don't really get an option. ...

Summer's Here, So Practice Safe Sun

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

Sun exposure is no joke. It is not to be taken lightly. Tanning salons and oils irk me with the same intensity as marketing fast food to children. Since 1970, the incidence of Melanoma has nearly tripled, while most other cancers are in retreat. Here is a breakdown of what you should know.

The Top 10 Myths About Tanning

Prithwish De, PhD | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Prithwish De, PhD

Canadians are spending more time in the sun without adequate protection. What's even more concerning is that an alarming number of young women are going to tanning salons. It's not worth risking your life for a tan. Here are 10 of the most common myths about tanning.

Canadian Cancer Rates Are Falling, So What Should We Be Worried About?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living

Cancer rates in Canada are the lowest they've been in a decade and death rates from cancer continue to decline, but health experts say Canadians still...

Is this Mole Cancerous?

Punit Dhillon | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Living
Punit Dhillon

While the beauty and entertainment industries continue to market being bronzed as being sexy, the reality of what sun damage does to thousands of Canadians each year is anything but. To help address some of the most common questions about skin cancer prevention, I reached out to my colleague, dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers.

My Summer Tan Wasn't Worth it - I Got Melanoma

The Purple Fig | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

After falling asleep on the beach one afternoon I burnt my back badly, and when my skin grew back after blistering, I didn't think about it again. That was of course until I heard the word melanoma and chemotherapy and surgery all in the same sentence. As it turns out, that dark glow one gets from hours in the sun becomes embarrassingly meaningless when you're sitting under a florescent light being told you have cancer.

Is Your Sunscreen Causing Cancer?

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

The majority of sunscreens on the market today are more harmful than beneficial. Sunscreens are designed to decrease your risk of skin cancer and allow you to enjoy the sun without worry. Unfortunately, most modern day sunscreens may increase your risk of cancer and disrupt the functioning of your hormones.

Is This Why Skin Cancer Is On The Rise?

CBC | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Skin cancer is on the rise — especially the most deadly variety called melanoma — with young women and older men being especially vulnerable. ...

6 Ways To Check Your Moles

The Skiny | Dr. Lisa Kellett | Posted 05.09.2013 | Canada Living

Dr. Lisa Kellett M.D., The Skiny Something you may not know is that your chance of developing a skin cancer is far greater than any other cancer. I...

Are UV Nail Lamps A Cancer Risk?

Huffington Post Canada | Stefani Forster | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada Style

Gel manicures have become very popular in the last few years as a way to maintain a flawless manicure longer and without chipping. But are those UV-em...

How Olympic Skiers Protect Their Skin on the Slopes

Erika Katz | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada Style
Erika Katz

Olympic Skier, Julia Mancuso, is on the slopes every day. While temperatures may be low on the mountain, the sun's rays are still super strong. So, she has teamed up with the Spot Skin Cancer Campaign to help prevent and detect skin cancer early on. Here are some of her winter skin care tips for the slopes.