OTTAWA, May 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Melanoma Monday, the Canadian
Dermatology Association (CDA) returns to the Hill to hold a Skin Cancer
Screening and Reception for all Members of Parliament, Senators and
Co-hosted by the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of
Commons, and organized by the Canadian Dermatology Association, the
event aims to make people aware of early warning signs of skin cancer
and simple steps for prevention. The early detection and timely
treatment of melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer can
lessen disfigurement, and even prevent death in the case of melanoma.
According to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer it is estimated the
cost of treating skin cancer will be over $1 billion by 2031.
"Estimates show more new cases of skin cancer being diagnosed each year
than prostate, breast and lung cancers combined" says Dr. Richard
Langley, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association. "The
ever-rising incidence of skin cancer in Canada, which is the most
common form of cancer in the world, makes it imperative Canadians take
action to protect themselves and their families."
The life-time risk for melanoma is now 1 in 74, but luckily the survival
rate is high if it is detected and treated early. To put a spotlight on
skin cancer the CDA is holding its second Light it Orange, a national
initiative to paint the nation orange for skin cancer awareness. This
national event will serve not only to raise awareness about skin cancer
but also to let Canadians who have, or have had, skin cancer know
they're not fighting that battle alone.
About Melanoma Monday 2014
Melanoma Monday is an internationally recognized day of skin cancer
awareness which aims to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of
skin cancer, and to encourage early detection through regular
About Light It Orange
The CDA has invited Canada's Legislatures, city mayors and popular
venues to put a spotlight on skin cancer by illuminating their
respective buildings 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.
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
For further information:
Jennifer Scott, Director, Communications
Office: 613.738.1748 / 1.800.267.3376 Ext. 222 | Cell: 613.716.2098