Canadian skin cancer rates not a cancer success story

Global News

TORONTO – Ian Anderson is one of the 2.5 per cent.

After his first diagnosis of melanoma, the Brampton, Ont., man was told that without immediate treatment he would be dead within two months. After his second, he was informed that if 100 people were in his shoes, 97.5 would not make it to the five-year mark, the standard measuring stick for beating a cancer.

Nineteen years after the second occurrence, Anderson, now 56, is still around to tell the tale – in his ever-present hat and sunscreen, which he slathers on religiously.

“I’m living proof that it can happen,” says Anderson, who now counsels people diagnosed with melanoma.

“In doing the volunteer work that I do through peer support with the cancer society I do speak to people who are in a very similar situation to myself. And I’ve actually had more than one person say to me when…

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