Dermatologists reassure Canadians: sunscreens are safe and effective

OTTAWA, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) is focused on helping Canadians have safe fun in the sun and is sharing the message that sunscreens are safe, effective and a necessary part of everyday sun safety. Along with hats, sunglasses, clothing and seeking shade, sunscreens play a major role in preventing skin cancer and reducing the photo-aging effects of UV radiation.

"Making proper sun safety part of your everyday routine will not only save you from red, painful sunburns, it will, most importantly, reduce your risk of developing skin cancer" says Dr. Ian Landells, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate have recently come under scrutiny due to claims of hormone disruption and malformations in babies whose mothers used sunscreen during their pregnancy. But Canadians can rest assured that sunscreens are safe; there have been no peer-reviewed studies which provide conclusive evidence to support claims of hormone disruption or malformations.

People who need help choosing a sunscreen should look for bottles or packaging bearing the Canadian Dermatology Association logo. These products have been reviewed by CDA member dermatologists as part of the CDA's Sun Protection Program and have met all the approval criteria, through independent laboratory testing.

With 74,000 expected new diagnosed cases of skin cancer this year, the CDA is urging Canadians to protect themselves and their families while enjoying their outdoor activities by using sunscreen.

The CDA's National Sun Awareness Week runs June 6 through 12, 2011, with dermatologists volunteering at free public skin cancer screenings and other events across the country. For more information about sun awareness week or event listings, please visit www.dermatology.ca or find CDA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CdnDermatology.

About CDA
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents Canadian dermatologists. The association exists to advance the science and art of medicine and surgery related to the health 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 healthy skin, hair and nails.

SOURCE Canadian Dermatology Association

For further information:

Jennifer Scott, Communications & Projects Officer
Tel: 613.738.1748 / 1.800.267.3376 Ext. 222 | jscott@dermatology.ca

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