OTTAWA, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - On this, the second, Melanoma Monday in
Canada, the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) returns to the Hill
to talk about health and safety.
The CDA will be meeting with members of Parliament to discuss issues of
patient safety affecting the overall health and well-being of
Canadians. Ottawa-area dermatologists will also be on the Hill
providing skin cancer screenings to MPs, Senators and their staff and
showing them how to perform at-home skin cancer self-examinations as
part of the Light It Orange skin cancer awareness campaign.
"Estimates show more new cases of skin cancer being diagnosed each year
than prostate, breast and lung cancers combined" says Dr. Gordon
Searles, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association. "With the
ever-rising incidence of skin cancer in Canada, which is the most
common form of cancer in the world, it is imperative Canadians take
action to protect themselves and their families."
In the interest of protecting Canadians, the CDA will also be lobbying
for formal regulations about the use of lasers in cosmetic and
dermatologic procedures and pushing for a more structured certification
process, as results of a 2012 survey CDA conducted indicated many
dermatologists were regularly treating patients who had been injured by
inadequately trained personnel.
"Lasers are extremely powerful tools and their use in medicine requires
a specific understanding of their function, their impact on the skin
and the ability to treat potential side effects," says Searles.
"Without proper regulations and accreditation processes, Canadians are
at risk of serious injury since the popularity of cosmetic laser
procedures continues to grow."
Until such as there are federal regulations introduced concerning the
proper use of lasers, the CDA urges Canadians to ask more questions
about the credentials of cosmetic service providers or to speak to
their primary care physician for a referral to a dermatologist or other
physician with formal laser training.
About Melanoma Monday 2013
Melanoma Monday is an internationally recognized day of skin cancer
awareness. Melanoma Monday in Ottawa is also being marked across Canada
by CDA's efforts to paint the nation orange, which include a skin
cancer screening for Ottawa's homeless community at the Mission at 35
About Light It Orange
The CDA has invited Canada's Ministers of Health, city mayors and
popular venues to put a spotlight on skin cancer by illuminating their
respective legislatures, city halls and tourist attraction orange for
skin cancer awareness. Canadians are encouraged to wear orange and talk
to their loved ones about sun protection and skin cancer prevention.
They are also encouraged share photos of themselves, friends and
coworkers dressed in orange on twitter with the hashtag #SPOTorange or
#MelanomaMonday to share their part of this national initiative. A
number of Canada's mayors who recognize the importance of raising
awareness about skin cancer prevention and have elected to proclaim May
6, 2013 as Melanoma Monday or Light It Orange day in their cities.
About the CDA
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association provides easy access to the
largest, most reliable source of medical knowledge on dermatology. CDA
exists to advance the science and art of medicine and surgery related
to the care of the skin, hair and nails; provide continuing
professional development for its members; support and advance patient
care; provide public education on sun protection and other aspects of
skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails.
By doing so, CDA informs and empowers both medical professionals and
the Canadian public.
To learn more about what the work CDA does visit www.dermatology.ca or join the conversation on www.Twitter.com/CdnDermatology or www.Facebook.com/CdnDermatology.
SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association
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