Skin Cancer on the Rise in Canada

Canada_Derma_blog_July09.JPG According to CBS News, Canadians born in the 1990s are three times as likely as their elderly counterparts to get skin cancer in their lifetimes. An estimated 75,000 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year alone in Canada. But as these new cases of malignant and non-malignant skin cancer are estimated to rise, the number of available dermatologists is decreasing in Canada The Canadian Dermatology Association released a statement saying "twenty-two per cent of dermatologists will retire in the next five years, and 45 per cent of dermatologists are expected to retire in the next 10 years." As more dermatologists retire, the problem that current dermatologists will face will be sheer number of patients. The wait times for patients has continued to increase in past years, and will continue to do so. Canadians are encouraged to start practicing healthy skin policies in order to stop the number of diagnosed cases from increasing any further.
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