EDMONTON, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - One of the most widely iconic styles of
summer is a chic pair of sunglasses, but they are not all created
equal. The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) wants to remind
Canadians that the eyes are at just as high a risk for sun damage and
cancer as the rest of the body's other sun-exposed areas.
"Our eyes are encompassed by some of the thinnest and most delicate skin
anywhere on the body, making it easily prone to damage," says Dr.
Gordon Searles, CDA President. "I know first-hand the detrimental
effects of what too much UV radiation can mean to our eyes, as I lost
my left eye as a result of an invasive basal cell carcinoma a number of
It is estimated that 81,700 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and
6,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2013. Of these 6,000
new cases of melanoma it is expected that 1,050 people will die. Making
it even more important to look and see whether sunglasses have a "UV
400" rating, meaning they block out 100% of UVA and UVB rays. You don't
necessarily have to spend much to get this kind of protection, but it
is a matter of diligence to look into what you are buying and whether
it meets the requirements to provide full ocular safety against the
detrimental effects of UV radiation.
"The eyelids are very prone to develop skin cancers such as basal cell
carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Actinic keratosis, a
pre-cancer that has a tendency of forming in the corners of the
eyelids, can develop into squamous cell malignancies," says Dr. Paul
Rafuse, President of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Eye
Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Though not as common, melanoma can occur in the eye and according to the
American Ocular Melanoma Foundation there are approximately 2,500 new
cases of ocular melanoma are diagnosed each year in the United States.
So as you prepare to head out to the beach to play volley ball or for a
picnic in the park, remember to grab those snazzy UVA/UVB protectant
sunglasses that took so long to pick out because they won't do any good
if you leave them at home.
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
Canadian Dermatology Association
Cell: 613-447-8611 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Brunet-Colvey, Executive Director and CEO
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
Office: 613.729.6779 x 225 | email@example.com