EDMONTON, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - It is Melanoma Monday and the Canadian
Dermatology Association (CDA) is celebrating by going orange for skin
On this, the second, official Melanoma Monday in Canada, the Honourable
Dave Rodney, Associate Minister of Wellness with the Alberta
government, is joining the CDA to recognize the day by encouraging
Albertans to be diligent about their sun protection as part of the
CDA's Light It Orange initiative.
The goal of the Light It Orange initiative is to put a spotlight on skin
cancer and encourage Canadians to make the conversation with their
loved ones about prevention. While more prevalent in certain people, anyone can get skin cancer which is why learning how to protect yourself and
knowing what to look for is so important. In fact, research shows 53%
of melanoma skin cancers are discovered by the patients and another 17%
are discovered by their family members.
"Even though melanoma is largely preventable, it is still the deadliest
form of skin cancer. The 'Melanoma Monday Light it Orange' initiative
is crucial in bringing attention to this disease" said Rodney. "It's
important that Albertans become aware of the dangers associated with UV
rays, and learn the steps they can take to reduce the risk of
developing skin cancer.
"We're very fortunate Minister Rodney supports our Light It Orange
initiative," says Dr. Gordon Searles, President of the Canadian
Dermatology Association "especially since Alberta is one of the
sunniest places in Canada with over 2400 hours of sunshine a year."
Every week, more than 10 Albertans are diagnosed with melanoma skin
cancer and 80 die a year from this highly preventable disease.
"Estimates show more new cases of skin cancer being diagnosed every year
than prostate, breast and lung cancers combined," says Searles "it's
news like this that make it even more apparent we need to be diligent
when it comes to our sun protection."
About Light It Orange
The CDA has invited Canada's Ministers of Health, city mayors and
popular venues to put a spotlight on skin cancer by illuminating their
respective legislatures, city halls 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
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