Report suggests skin cancer cases on the rise in Canada

The cancer society projects there will be 65-hundred new cases of melanoma diagnosed in 2014.

A new report suggests some Canadians may not be getting the message about the need to protect themselves against skin cancer.

The report from the Canadian Cancer Society says more Canadians are acknowledging spending time in the sun, but there hasn't been a corresponding rise in the percentage of people protecting themselves against the sun's damaging rays.

The cancer society projects there will be 65-hundred new cases of melanoma diagnosed and just over one-thousand Canadians will die from this form of cancer this year.

The estimates are contained in the society's cancer estimates for 2014, which suggest that more than 191-thousand Canadians will get a new cancer diagnosis and nearly 77-thousand will die from some form of the disease this year. That is in addition to an estimated 76-thousand cases of non-melanoma skin cancers.

There is a piece of good news in this year's cancer estimates. The Canadian Cancer Society says lung cancer cases in women have finally hit a plateau after years of increases. Lung cancer rates stabilized in Canadian men 10 or 15 years ago.

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