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Figurra Institute and the Canadian Dermatology Association host free public skin cancer screening for the Greater Moncton Area

The Figurra Institute is holding a free skin cancer screening clinic for those in the community that have concerns about their skin. Members of the community will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis (no need to click "Request your Evaluation" button at the top right or at the bottom of the page). A maximum of 100 persons will be seen.

“The importance of regular self-examination of the skin for suspicious lesions, freckles or moles cannot be understated, and a certified dermatologist is the best equipped to make a diagnosis,” says Dr. Chantal Chiasson. “Clinics like this are essential, because they allow people to meet with a certified dermatologist and gives us the opportunity to educate people, as well as potentially catching skin cancer early, while it’s still highly treatable.”

“What is concerning is that many people will avoid getting checked, not realizing that the prevalence of skin cancer cases across the country is increasing across all age groups, particularly in younger generations,” adds Dr. Chiasson. “Millennials born in the 1990s are two to three times more likely to develop skin cancer than Baby Boomers and Gen Xers born in the 1960s, primarily because of poor sun-care habits, climate change, and the use of tanning beds.”

The 2017 Canadian Cancer Statistics from Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society show that between 1992 and 2013, melanoma diagnosis grew 2% annually for women, and 2.1% for men.

If caught early, the prognosis for skin cancer is usually good. Nevertheless, prevention is key to avoiding a skin cancer diagnosis. Good habits must be used all year round – not only in summer months. Start with seeking shade between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., which are the peak hours for ultraviolet radiation; covering exposed skin with clothing made of tightly knit fibres; wearing a wide-brim hat and sunglasses before heading outdoors; and applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 on exposed skin to minimize the risk of skin cancer. 

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