Health Reports

A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

May 2017

The risk of melanoma associated with ambient summer ultraviolet radiation

by Lauren Pinault, Tracey Bushnik, Vitali Fioletov, Cheryl E. Peters, Will D. King and Michael Tjepkema

Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is part of the total radiation that reaches the surface of the Earth. It can be modelled using geophysical characteristics, including ozone and cloud cover derived from satellite observations, and data from ground-based spectrophotometers. Depletion of the ozone layer has increased the intensity of UVR, particularly in regions closer to the poles.

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Sun exposure, sun protection and sunburn among Canadian adults

by Lauren Pinault and Vitali Fioletov

Skin cancers have the highest incidence of all cancers in Canada. The Canadian Cancer Society estimated 6,800 new cases of cutaneous melanoma and 78,300 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in 2015. From 1986 to 2010, the incidence of melanoma increased by 2% per year among men and 1.5% per year among women.

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