QUEBEC CITY, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Overcast skies can take the beauty out
of a bright summer day, but it doesn't mean there's no risk of sunburn;
exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) is still a concern. The Canadian
Dermatology Association (CDA) is encouraging Canadians to be diligent
about their sun protection even in times of light cloud cover.
"Many people don't realize UV can pass through partial cloud cover,"
says Dr. Joël Claveau, National Co-chair of the CDA's Sun Awareness
Program. "People often get sunburnt on cloudy days because of a
misconception that the clouds will help protect them."
Estimates for 2013 indicate 6,000 new cases of melanoma will be
diagnosed and sadly 1,050 people are expected to die from this highly
preventable disease. Remember most of the sun's rays can penetrate
cloud cover, making it just as important to wear sunscreen, sunglasses,
and proper clothing to protect the skin as on sunny days. Sun
protection for children is especially important, as their skin is much
thinner than that of an adult and a serious sunburn could warrant a
trip to the hospital.
Always check the UV Index and plan your day accordingly. Some weather
sources and smartphone apps provide an adjusted UV forecast, which
indicates the UV level in times of rain or cloud cover. Peak UV hours
are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., so whenever possible plan your activities
either before or after these times or in shaded areas. It is important
to remember cloud cover does not mean you're safe from the sun's rays
so take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family when
heading outside for the day.
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
For further information:
Jennifer Scott, Director of Communications
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