CALGARY, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)
is focused on helping Canadians have a sun safe summer and a big part
of that is knowing what ultraviolet (UV) radiation is and understanding
how to use Environment Canada's UV Index.
The sun - the source of energy for all life on earth - also emits
potentially dangerous rays. These UV rays cause permanent damage to our
skin that can lead to inflammation and an alteration of basic skin cell
function. A bronzed hue might be the ideal short-term effect, but
underlying damage results in skin thinning, sagging, abnormal
pigmentation and wrinkles. It can also cause irreparable damage to our
DNA, causing abnormal cell function, an inability to heal properly and
cell mutations which can result in cancer.
"In order to avoid severe and irreversible tissue damage, we need to use
sunscreen every day, wear light-weight tightly woven clothing that
covers our skin, and try to avoid peak hours of intense sunlight." says
Dr. Mariusz Sapijaszko, an Edmonton dermatologist.
This summer Environment Canada is predicting midday UV index ratings
ranging from moderate (3-5) to very high (8-9) across Canada, so proper
sun protection is an absolute must, especially during peak hours (11
a.m. to 3 p.m.) or whenever the UV Index is higher than three.
This year estimates indicate there will be approximately 76,100 new
cases of skin cancer diagnosed and 6,500 cases of melanoma - the most
serious form of skin cancer - which will result in approximately 1,050
deaths. Skin cancer is the most widely diagnosed form of cancer in
Canada and worldwide. It is also the only form of cancer that is
clearly visible on the skin and one of a small number that is highly
What does this mean for Alberta? It means an estimated 570 new cases of
melanoma being diagnosed in 2014 and 95 preventable deaths; figures
which amount to 10 Albertans being diagnosed with melanoma every week!
"One of the best things Canadians can do to protect themselves and their
families is to check the UV Index and prepare for the day accordingly,"
says Sapijaszko, "because nothing can ruin your summer vacation like a
painful, blistering sunburn."
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 2 - 8, 2014, dermatologists will volunteer at free
public skin cancer screenings and various community events across the
country. For more information, please visit www.dermatology.ca.
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.
SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association
For further information:
Jennifer Scott, Director, Communications
Office: 613-738-1748 x 222 | Cell: 613-716-2098