Groups come together to call on all other provinces to provide Yervoy to
Canadians with deadly skin cancer
VANCOUVER, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian skin cancer advocates
unanimously applaud the governments of Ontario and Saskatchewan for
recognizing the need for effective treatments for patients with
metastatic melanoma. Both provinces have agreed to provide and fund the
new treatment Yervoy for patients living with the deadliest form of
Joining the Save Your Skin Foundation in thanking and congratulating
Ontario and Saskatchewan are the Alberta Society of Melanoma, The
Canadian Dermatology Association, the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation
and the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance. They have also come together to
urge the other eight provinces to act fast so all Canadian patients can
benefit as soon as possible.
"This is the best news the melanoma community has received in years and
we hope the other provinces also act as quickly as possible so patients
can get the prompt access to Yervoy they need," said Kathy Barnard,
founder of Save Your Skin Foundation and a melanoma patient herself.
"There has been a crucial need for new treatments for metastatic
melanoma for many years and now that new ones have been developed it is
imperative that governments make them available to patients."
"Our job is to make sure that all melanoma patients across Canada have
access to the treatments they need no matter where they live. We
represent patients across Canada and will do whatever it takes to
ensure that no patient is left without treatment" said Barnard.
The melanoma medical community also welcomes the news. "I am very
pleased that provinces are moving quickly to make Yervoy accessible for
patients with metastatic melanoma. It gives us a treatment option that
could provide real, life-extending help," said Dr. Michael Smylie, a
medical oncologist at the University of Alberta, Cross Cancer
Institute, specializing in melanoma. "I hope my colleagues in other
provinces will also be able to provide Yervoy right away as a
government-funded option to patients without delay."
Kathy Barnard, founder of the Save Your Skin Foundation will be speaking
at the Skin Patient Alliance "Skin Matters" conference in Toronto
Friday, October 12. For details visit www.saveyourskin.ca.
About Melanoma in Canada
Every year, thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with melanoma, with the
incidence of the disease increasing faster than that of any other
cancer. Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer characterized by the
uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) located in
the skin. One in 74 men and 1 in 90 women are expected to develop
melanoma during their lifetime; 1 in 284 men and 1 in 486 women will
die of it. Melanoma is clearly visible on the skin, and 90 per cent of
melanomas are caused by exposure to UV light, including tanning beds.
About the Save Your Skin Foundation
The Save Your Skin Foundation is a Canadian not-for-profit foundation.
Through events and other initiatives, the Foundation focuses on:
raising funds for education and awareness, providing emotional and
financial support to those dealing with melanoma and non-melanoma skin
cancers, and on supporting the ongoing research and treatment of skin
cancer - especially melanoma. Donations go towards providing critical
and timely treatments, as well as ongoing education, research, and
About the Alberta Society of Melanoma
The Alberta Society of Melanoma was founded in 1995 by dermatologist Dr.
T.G. Salopek and a group of concerned patients and their families. The
Alberta Society of Melanoma strives to better educate the general
public about melanoma and to provide a support network for patients
About the Canadian Dermatology Association
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.
About the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation
Skin cancer is preventable! Through education, awareness, advocacy and
research, the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation is dedicated to the
reduction of the occurrence of skin cancer in Canada. Our vision is a
world without skin cancer. Champions of the Foundation support our
national Sun Safe School Education Program and skin cancer awareness
About the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance
Founded in 2007, The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) is a by
patients-for-patients, resource and community for all skin patients
living with a skin conditions and disorders. As a national umbrella
organization for Canadian not-for-profit patient groups and
organizations that deal with skin conditions and diseases, the CSPA is
an important hub of skin-health-related information in Canada. As an
advocate for awareness, education, research and access to appropriate
care, the CSPA represents the voice of the millions of skin patients
and their families.
SOURCE: Save Your Skin Foundation
For further information:
Media Liaison, Save Your Skin Foundation
Director, Alberta Society of Melanoma
Communications & Programs Office, The Canadian Dermatology Association
Executive Director, The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation
Media Liaison, Canadian Skin Patient Alliance