Strides for Melanoma

Posted on September 15th, by Helen in Blog. No Comments

Strides for Melanoma

As you know I’m obsessed with skin care and promoting skin health. You might also know that I hate exercising but do it often because it’s good for you. Science proves it! So on Sunday September 28th, 2014 I’ll be participating in Strides for Melanoma – Walk for Awareness. 

walkWhy? Well one of the biggest dermal dramas we may likely face in our life is some form of melanoma. To date, skin cancer is the most common cancer that someone will get in their lifetime. Science proves that too!

My goal is to raise $300.00 CAD but I can’t do it without your help so please join me in raising money for Melanoma Network of Canada. Your funds will go towards patient education and awareness programs, patient support and advocacy and critical melanoma research.

Additionally, if you sign up as a walker (it’s only 5K, phew!) you’ll be getting a complimentary sunscreen lotion courtesy of Kellett Skincare when you cross the finish line. And hey, we might bump into each other and be able to catch up on important issues such as how to pop a pimple so it doesn’t scar or the intricacies of the human condition.

Just click on the link below and it will take you to my personal page where you can sponsor me by donating your lunch money. Come on, you don’t really need that $10 sandwich, do you? I’d starve for you. Feeling guilt yet? Good, now donate here. 

Thank you in advance!

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The Skiny on Melanoma…

  • Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer and is one of the fastest growing cancers worldwide MNC-final
  • Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer because it can spread in other areas of the body
  • The survival rate for melanoma is high if it is detected early and unlike many cancers, melanoma is often clearly visible on the skin
  • In Canada, incidences of melanoma have more than tripled in the last 30 years and continues to rise
  • Melanoma is one of the top 7 most frequent cancers in Canada (affecting 6000 people in 2013 and causing 1,027 deaths)
  • It takes only one blistering sunburn to double a person’s chances of developing melanoma
  • Melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer for youth between the ages of 15-29
  • Life-time risk for melanoma is now 1 in 63 versus 1 in 1500 in the 1930s
  • Approximately 1 in 63 Canadian men is expected to develop melanoma during his lifetime and 1 in 79 Canadian women is expected to develop melanoma during her lifetime
  • In North America, one person dies from melanoma every hour
  • Melanoma can affect anyone regardless of sex, age, or race
  • The leading cause of melanoma is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources (tanning beds, sunlamps)
  • UV rays can get through clouds, fog and haze. Water, sand, concrete and especially snow can reflect, and even increase, the sun’s burning rays
  • You are at a higher risk for melanoma if you have fair skin, red or blond hair, freckle easily, have many moles, have a close family history of melanoma, a history of severe burns, excessive exposure to UV light from the sun or use of tanning beds
  • Early exposure to tanning beds can increase a person’s chance of developing melanoma by 75%



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