MELANOMA NETWORK OF CANADA WELCOMES DERMATOLOGISTS' MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE FOR NATIONAL SUN AWARENESS WEEK

New restrictions on tanning bed use by minors in Nova Scotia also applauded

OAKVILLE, ON, June 2, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Melanoma Network of Canada welcomes the official launch in Quebec City by the Canadian Dermatology Association of the 23rd National Sun Awareness Week from June 6 to 12 and their focus on efforts to get the week's messages across to young people.

The June 1 launch event, attended by Quebec Health and Social Services Minister, Dr. Yves Bolduc and member of the National Assembly Michel Matte, is part of the effort of Sun Awareness Week to raise awareness about sun safety and the importance of early detection of skin cancer, of which there will be approximately 74,000 new cases in Canada this year.

"We congratulate the Canadian Dermatology Association for focusing on the need to raise awareness about the danger of sun exposure among young people and for supporting efforts to have provinces ban access to tanning beds by minors," said Annette Cyr, Chair of the Melanoma Network of Canada. "These are vital initiatives if we are to prevent the growth in cases of melanoma and other skin cancers among young people."

Melanoma is a rare but aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer but is one of the few cancers to affect young adults and is the second most common cancer among those aged 15 to 34. The incidence of melanoma has tripled over the past 30 years and continues to increase. About 90 percent of melanoma cases are caused by ultraviolet light and sunlight, including tanning beds.

The Melanoma Network of Canada is very pleased with welcome news just prior to Sun Awareness Week that Nova Scotia has become the first province to ban the use of tanning beds by minors, those under age 19. "The Melanoma Network of Canada has been urging all provinces to take this important skin safety step to protect our young people," added Ms Cyr. "We congratulate the government of Nova Scotia for taking this action and hope other provinces will follow Nova Scotia's lead."

About Melanoma
Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer and is one of the fastest growing cancers in Canada. An estimated 5,300 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma this year and 920 will die from it. The survival rate for melanoma is high if it is detected early and unlike many cancers, melanoma is clearly visible on the skin.

About the Melanoma Network Canada (MNC)
Melanoma Network Canada (MNC) is a patient-led organization dedicated to the prevention and elimination of melanoma. Established in 2009 by a small group of patients and caregivers, the MNC works in collaboration with medical professionals, health care agencies and other stakeholders to educate, advocate and fund for early diagnosis and effective treatment of melanoma, education, prevention and awareness programs, relevant and innovative research, support for patients and an improved quality of life for those living with melanoma.

SOURCE Melanoma Network of Canada

For further information:

Annette Cyr
Melanoma Network of Canada
T. 289-242-2010
acyr@melanomanetwork.ca


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