Toronto researchers have found that the prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancer is on the rise in Ontario, climbing by 30 per cent from 2003 to 2017. Doctor An-Wen Chan, a study co-author and a dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon at Women’s College Hospital, says he noticed that rates of the disease seemed to be increasing and decided to formally examine data across the province. The researchers found that younger people had the most rapidly increasing rates of skin cancer — particularly younger women. The study also suggests annual mortality rates for skin cancer rose almost five-fold from 1998 to 2017. The study is published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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