QUEBEC, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - It's been a long winter, the sun is finally
shinning and dermatologists want you to include proper sun protection
as part of your plans this long weekend.
The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) is hosting a public skin
cancer screening today from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Laurier Shopping
Centre to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and
prevention of skin cancer as Canadians begin spending more time
"Outdoor activities are a great way to stay active and healthy during
the summer," says Dr Joël Claveau National co-Chair of the CDA's Sun
Awareness Program. "That includes wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30
or higher, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and limiting sun exposure
during peak hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) when the sun's rays are the
Approximately 35,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in
Quebec, of those 630 cases are malignant melanoma, the most serious
form of skin cancer, and sadly 175 people will die from it. Melanoma is
a highly preventable disease; by reducing the amount of excess ultraviolet (UV) exposure
your skin receives, you can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the only form of cancer clearly visible on the skin, so
it's extremely important to know what to look for, learn your ABCDEs
(A-asymmetry, B-border, C-colour, D-diameter, E-evolution). Performing
regular at-home skin examinations are the best way to stay on top of
your skin's health.
Environment Canada is predicting midday UV index values for this summer
ranging from moderate (3-5) to very high (8-9) across Canada, so proper
sun protection is a must. "Whenever the UV index is higher than three
we should be especially diligent about sun protection. Too much UV
radiation can lead to skin cancer and the premature aging of the skin,"
To help identify effective sunscreen products look for the CDA Sun
Protection Program logo, these products have been tested and have met
the strict program criteria. These sunscreens have a minimum SPF 30,
are broad-spectrum (protecting against UVA as well as UVB radiation),
and are non-comedogenic, non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and minimally
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 dermatology.ca or join the conversation on Twitter.com/CdnDermatology or Facebook.com/CdnDermatology.
SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association
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