NANAIMO, BC, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association
(CDA) wants to make sure sun protection continues to be a priority for
all Canadians this winter. Even though summer is finished, sun safety
and regular skin exams should be part of your routine, which is why the
CDA and local dermatologists are hosting a public skin cancer screening
today at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.
Many Canadians associate sunscreen with the hot summer weather because
it prevents painful sunburns, but wearing sunscreen during the winter
months is equally as important to prevent early signs of aging, and
most importantly, help prevent skin cancer. The sun's UV rays have the
same damaging effects on your skin all year long, which is why the CDA
is asking Canadians to rethink how they use sunscreen.
Our skin's needs change from season to season and a skincare regime with
sunscreen can help with this transition. What many Canadians may not
realize is sunscreen can actually double as a moisturizer, making it
easy to incorporate into your regular routine as moisturizers are an
essential part of winter skincare.
The best way to keep young, healthy looking skin is to have good sun
safety habits 365 days a year. Photoaging is the premature aging of the
skin (sun spots, loss of skin tone, deep wrinkles and sagging skin)
caused by repeated unprotected exposure to the sun's UV radiation.
These UV rays continue to affect the skin on your face and hands, even
though the rest of your body is covered. In fact, UV levels increase by
10% to 12% with every 1,000 meters of increase in altitude, meaning
that skiing in the winter can actual cause more damage to the exposed
areas of skin.
The most important reason of all to wear sunscreen is to prevent skin
cancer. This type of cancer is the most widely diagnosed form of cancer
in Canada and worldwide. In British Columbia, there are an estimated
950 new cases of melanoma being diagnosed in 2013 and 140 preventable
deaths, which works out to 2 B.C. residents dying every week from
melanoma. Luckily, skin cancer is preventable and highly curable when
found early. In order to find skin cancer early, you need to know what
to look for; this is why the CDA and local dermatologists host free,
public skin cancer screenings across Canada each year, to educate the
public on the importance of sun safety and how to do regular
skin-checks as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The benefits of wearing sunscreen all year long will help prevent
sunburns, will prevent or prolong the signs of photoaging and most
importantly it will help prevent skin cancer. By adding sunscreen to
your winter skincare routine, you are making the choice to have
beautiful skin now and in years to come.
Public skin cancer screening
Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
Little Jack Room A/Multipurpose Room, Ground Floor
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All media are welcome to attend. Any questions can be directed to Laura
Craig at 613-716-2098.
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
For further information:
Laura Craig, Communications Coordinator
Cell: 613-716-2098 | firstname.lastname@example.org