Don't overlook sun safety in the midst Canada Day festivities: dermatologists

QUEBEC, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - As Canadian dermatologists gather in Quebec City for the Canadian Dermatology Association's (CDA) 88th annual conference, they want to remind Canadians about the importance of sun safety.

The Canada Day long weekend is finally here, and for many Canadians this means spending more time outside in the sun since the warm summer weather is here to stay. Festivities will soon be underway, and as many head outside to celebrate, whether it's a family BBQ, an outdoor concert and a sporting event, the CDA wants to ensure sun safety is a priority for party-goers.

"I try to spend as much time outside with my family as I can during the summer, as I'm sure many Canadians do, but we're smart about it. Everyone is sporting their hat, sunglasses and sunscreen," says Dr. Richard Langley, Halifax dermatologist, father of five and incoming CDA president. "With skin cancer rates on the rise, it's crucial people take simple proactive steps to reduce their risk, like wearing sunscreen each and every day".

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadians and around the world. Estimates show approximately 6,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year and another 81,700 cases of new non-melanoma skin cancers (basal and squamous) will be diagnosed as well. The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is what causes skin to tan and burn; it is also the as cause premature aging, wrinkles and sunspots. The main cause of skin cancer is too much UV radiation, whether it's from the sun or an artificial source, such as indoor tanning equipment. Skin cancer is one of a small number of cancers that can be prevented through simple measures such as limiting sun exposure, seeking shade, wearing hats and clothing, and using an SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum sunscreen.

"Remember to apply sunscreen before heading outside this weekend and encourage your friends and family to do the same, so we can all avoid that painful sunburn and enjoy the long weekend to the fullest," concludes Dr. Langley.

About 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.

SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association

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Jennifer Scott, Communications Director
Office: 613.738.1748 | 1.800.267.3376 Ext. 222
Email: jscott@dermatology.ca

Laura Craig, Communications Coordinator
Office: 613.738.1748  | 1.800.267.3376 Ext. 229
Email: lcraig@dermatology.ca

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