Ottawa, ON – James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman and Shadow Minister National Defence issued the following statement in honour of World Melanoma Day:
“This day strikes a personal note for me as my wife Kelly is a melanoma survivor. We have been very fortunate as Kelly was able to detect it early and have the lesions removed. However, many are not as fortunate. Of the over 5,000 people diagnosed annually in Canada, more than 900 are fatal.
“Melanoma is preventable in many cases through use of sunscreen, covering up and staying out artificial tanning equipment. I have been a strong advocate for strengthening warning labels on tanning beds which are a known carcinogenic, especially in younger people.
“In 2010, I proposed to increase measures in Bill C-497 to protect Canadians from skin cancer, and the previous Conservative government implemented these new regulations to strengthen health warning labels for tanning beds. I am also pleased to see that all provinces and most territories have implemented age restrictions for tanning beds. These are critical changes to ensure awareness of the major health risks of artificial tanning.
“Malignant melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers and early diagnosis is critical to positive outcomes. To mark World Melanoma Day, I am reminding all Canadians to self-check regularly and see a doctor if you notice anything irregular.”
For additional Information:
Dana Seymour, Executive Assistant
Office of James Bezan, MP