About Screen Me
Melanoma is a very serious form of skin cancer and is one of the fastest growing cancers worldwide. In Canada, this form of skin cancer has more than tripled over the last 30 years and continues to increase. In the last decade, the percentage of melanoma incidence has increased 2.2% in males and 2.6% in females, far exceeding rates of other more common cancers.
The primary cause of melanoma is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds. A single blistering sunburn before age twenty can double a person’s chances of developing melanoma. Young people are especially at risk—melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer for youth between the ages of 15–29. The good news is that melanoma is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.
Melanoma Network of Canada is a national organization that provides melanoma patients and their caregivers with current and accurate information and services in the fight against melanoma. The Melanoma Network of Canada also provides funding support for public awareness, education and research.
In summer 2014, Melanoma Network of Canada and the Douglas Wright Foundation launched the Screen Me program to educate children and teens on the dangers of sun exposure and to promote sun safe behaviours. The Screen Me program includes:
- the SUN AWARE Camp Certification program – designed to set the standard in sun safe behaviours for Canadian summer camps.
- a website for children and teens featuring a collection of interactive, entertaining educational materials. The materials can be used anytime, by anyone, at home or in the classroom.
Melanoma Network of Canada is also the proud sponsor of the SUN AWARE Camp Certification program.
The Melanoma Network of Canada is a registered charity that relies on donations to make programs like Screen Me possible. Please consider making a donation to help support this program and others like it.