ST JOHN'S, NL, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Victoria Day long weekend is
just around the corner and dermatologists want to remind Canadians to
grab the sunscreen as they head outside to enjoy the sunshine. The
Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) feels sun safety and regular
skin checks should be part of the everyday routine, which is why they
are hosting a public skin cancer screening at the Avalon Mall today.
"With four months of long summer days ahead of us, it's extremely
important people start thinking about their skin's health now," says
Dr. Ian Landells, St John's dermatologist and regional director of the
CDA's Sun Awareness Program "Putting on sunscreen with an SPF 30 or
higher, wearing a hat and sunglasses, and seeking shade when the sun's
UV rays are strongest are easy changes to work into your day."
Estimates for 2012 expected over 81,000 new cases of skin cancer would
be diagnosed. Skin cancer is the only form of cancer that is clearly
visible on the skin and one of a small number of cancers that is highly
preventable. "Diligence is key to skin cancer prevention and early
detection really does save lives," says Landells. The CDA urges all
Canadians to make regular at-home skin cancer self-examinations part of
their routine and have created a guide, Know the Signs, Save a Life, to help Canadians do just that.
People who need help choosing a sunscreen should look for bottles or
packaging bearing the CDA's Sun Protection Program recognition logo.
The formulae of these products have been reviewed by CDA member
dermatologists and have met the strict approval criteria, through
independent laboratory testing.
Making sun safety part of the everyday routine will not only save
Canadians from painful sunburns, it will, most importantly, reduce the
risk of developing skin cancer.
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 3 - 9, 2013, dermatologists will volunteer at free
public skin cancer screenings and other community 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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