According to Statistics Canada, cancer is the number one cause of death among Canadians. Skin Caner is among the most common of cancers in Canada and is one of the most preventable.
There are more than 80,000 new cases of skin cancer in Canada annually, more than breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer combined!
As more than 65% of Canadians visit a dentist anually, dentist will routinely screen for any potential lesions in the head and neck area as part of the regular checkup. Be sure to mention to your dentist any recent growth on your skin that is
1. Asymmetrical- one haf of the mole is of a different shape than the other half
2. Irregular Borders- the edges of the mole are uneven or blurry
3. Irregular Colours- the colour of the mole vary throughout it
4. Larger Diameter- any mole more than 6mm across, or about the size of a pencil eraser
5. Evolving appearance- the mole is changing in size, shape or feel.
As many forms of skin cancer are easily treated in the early stages, be sure to discuss any suspicious mole with your dentist and/or MD.