Canada's dermatologists visit Parliament Hill this Melanoma Monday

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 their staff.

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 self-exams.

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
jscott@dermatology.ca

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