Manitoba MLAs and their staff will be screened by dermatologists today for skin cancer at the Manitoba legislature.
The Canadian Dermatology Association is hosting the three-hour screening to raise awareness of early detection and the importance of conducting regular at-home self-exams.
According to the CDA, the incidence rate of melanoma in women is nine per 100,000 in Manitoba. The plus side is that the survival rate for melanoma is high, in which 90% of Canadians diagnosed with it will survive. Unlike many cancers, melanoma is clearly visible on the skin.
Research shows that 53% of melanoma skin cancers are discovered by the patients themselves and a further 17% by their family members.