TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - It is Melanoma Monday and the Canadian
Dermatology Association (CDA) is celebrating by painting the nation
orange for skin cancer awareness.
On this, the second, official Melanoma Monday in Canada, the Canadian
Cancer Society in Ontario is joining the CDA to recognize the day by
encouraging Ontarians to be diligent about their sun protection and
spot orange as part of the CDA's Melanoma Monday Light It Orange
"Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer but it's not the only
one Canadians should be concerned about," says Dr. Gordon Searles,
President of the Canadian Dermatology Association, "the Light It Orange
initiative is about raising public awareness of all forms of skin
cancer because squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas can be equally
disfiguring and they too require medical intervention."
The goal of the Light It Orange initiative is to put a spotlight on skin
cancer by encouraging Canadians to wear orange and make the
conversation with their loved ones about prevention and early
detection. While more prevalent in certain groups, anyone can get skin cancer which is why learning how to protect yourself and
knowing what to look for is so important. Research shows 53% of
melanoma skin cancers are discovered by the patients and another 17%
are discovered by their family members.
"As summer approaches, we encourage Ontarians to enjoy outdoor activity
and be sun-safe by protecting themselves and families from the sun,"
says Joanne Di Nardo, Sr. Manager Public Issues. "Skin cancer is a
growing concern, especially among young people. We join the Light It
Orange initiative to raise awareness about what individuals can do to
reduce their risk and to encourage government to protect youth from
cancer-causing indoor tanning by passing the Skin Cancer Prevention Act."
One person in Ontario dies from melanoma every day and another seven
people are diagnosed with this potentially deadly but highly
preventable form of skin cancer.
"Today we're wearing orange to let Canadians who have, or have had, skin
cancer know they're not fighting the battle alone," added Searles,
"we're in it together."
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. All 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
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.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the
fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent
cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From
this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever
so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive.
When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at
1-888-939-3333 (TTY: 1-866-786-3934).
SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association
For further information:
For more information about the CDA:
Office: 613.738.1738 x 222 | Cell: 613.716.2098
For more information about the CCS:
Sr. Coordinator, Communications