About the Douglas Wright Foundation
The Douglas Wright Foundation is a registered Canadian charity devoted to fighting melanoma cancer in Canada by increasing awareness, educating the public about early detection and preventative measures, and fostering partnerships between likeminded organizations.
The incidence of melanoma has increased dramatically in Canada in recent years. Melanoma is also the most common cancer among young adults in the prime years of their life. Yet, the potential life threatening risks of melanoma are grossly misunderstood by Canadians.
If caught in its early stages, melanoma is highly treatable, with a survival rate of close to 100 percent!! This knowledge gives hope that, if Canadians are better educated about the importance of protecting and monitoring their skin, we can save lives needlessly lost to melanoma.
Doug was an energetic and positive person that invigorated the lives of his friends, family, and his community. The Douglas Wright Foundation aims to embody his best qualities in the fight against melanoma.
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It is also one of the fastest growing cancers worldwide. In Canada alone, approximately 5,500 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma this year.
The main cause of melanoma is excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Melanoma can be prevented by taking simple protective measures against the sun’s radiation and by avoiding tanning beds.
How Do We Fight it?
Melanoma can be prevented. When spotted early, melanoma can be treated. But these measures depend on every Canadian knowing how to protect, and check, themselves. In other words, awareness is the key.