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.
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
For further information:
Jennifer Scott, Communications Director
Office: 613.738.1748 | 1.800.267.3376 Ext. 222
Laura Craig, Communications Coordinator
Office: 613.738.1748 | 1.800.267.3376 Ext. 229