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.
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
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