OTTAWA, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)
is urging cottage-goers to be savvy about their time outside this
summer whether on the beach or on the boat.
As the warm sunny weather arrives many Canadians are planning their long
weekends, pining for vacations to start and looking forward to
afternoons at the beach. But being sun safe out on the waterways is
just as important, if not more so, than when on land. Open-waters with
no source of shade boaters are exposed to the sun's strong UV radiation
which can be reflected back at them from the water's surface. According
to the World Health Organization's (WHO) INTERSUN Program dry beach
sand can also reflect approximately 15% of UV radiation.
"The great part about the summer is being able to be active and get
outside" says Dr. Denise Wexler, President of the Canadian Dermatology
Association. "But being on vacation should never be at the expense of
our well-being, which is why we should all be thinking about our sun
It is important to plan ahead, find out what the UV Index rating is and
schedule activities before 11 am or after 4 pm when UV rays are less
intense. Wear loose-fitting, tightly-woven clothing that covers as much
of the body as possible. Wear a hat with a 7.5 cm (3 inches) or wider
brim and remember your sunglasses, it is important to protect your eyes
from harmful UV rays too!
To help identify effective sunscreen products, look for the logo of the
Canadian Dermatology Association as these products have been tested and
have met the evaluation criteria of the CDA's Sun Protection Program.
These sunscreens have a minimum SPF 30, are broad-spectrum (protecting
against UVA as well as UVB radiation), and are non-comedogenic,
non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and minimally or non-perfumed.
"Making sun safety part of your everyday routine will not only save you
from painful sunburns, it will, most importantly, reduce your risk of
developing skin cancer" says Dr. Wexler.
About Sun Awareness Week
The Canadian Dermatology Association has organized a nationwide Sun
Awareness Week since 1989. The purpose of the annual campaign is to
increase the awareness of Canadians about the harmful effects of UV
radiation and the ways to protect the skin from UV exposure, in order
to decrease the incidence of skin cancer in Canada. During National Sun
Awareness Week, June 4 - 10, 2012, dermatologists will volunteer at
free public skin cancer screenings and other events. For more
information, please visit www.dermatology.ca.
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association strives to provide 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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