Dissecting Demographic Risk Factors for Melanoma in Canada
A recent study from McGill University explores the varying rates of melanoma across Canadian provinces, focusing on the influence of income, education, and gender. The research offers valuable insights for targeted skin cancer prevention strategies.
- Up to 1 in 3 Canadians may develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.
- Higher-income individuals and those with university education have increased melanoma risks due to more lifetime sunburns and tanning bed use.
- Men report more lifetime sunburns and have higher rates of melanoma compared to women.
- Residents of PEI and Nova Scotia, provinces with the highest melanoma incidence, have more sunburns and sun exposure but also greater awareness of sun protection.
- Individuals earning less than $50,000 annually are more likely to work outdoors, increasing their melanoma risk.
- Men are generally more skeptical of sunscreen use, while women are more proactive in seeking medical advice for new moles.
- Public health messages and policies should be tailored to specific demographic groups for effective skin cancer prevention.
- Targeted public health efforts and policies are essential for mitigating the rising rates of melanoma, especially among high-risk demographic groups.
“You need to have a different sun protection message when you’re talking to a single young man versus a mother of three children.”
– Dr. Ivan Litvinov, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Chair of the Dermatology Division at McGill University