OTTAWA, June 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)
is focused on helping Canadians have safe fun in the sun and is sharing
the message that sunscreens are safe, effective and a vital part of
everyday sun safety. Along with hats, sunglasses, clothing and seeking
shade, sunscreens play a major role in preventing skin cancer and
reducing the photo-aging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
"Making sun safety part of your everyday routine doesn't take long and
it will not only save you from red, painful sunburns, it will, most
importantly, reduce your risk of developing skin cancer," says Dr.
Gordon Searles, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association.
With 81,700 new cases of skin cancer expected to be diagnosed this year and 1,050 deaths as a result of melanoma, the CDA is urging Canadians to protect themselves and their families
while enjoying their outdoor activities by using sunscreen.
Sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate have
recently come under scrutiny due to claims of hormone disruption and
malformations in babies whose mothers used sunscreen during their
pregnancy. But Canadians can rest assured that sunscreens are safe;
there have been no peer-reviewed studies which provide conclusive
evidence to support claims of hormone disruption or malformations.
Sunscreen and other sun protective measures like hats, sunglasses and
avoiding peak hours (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) can go a long way to
protecting your health now and in the future. People who need help
choosing a sunscreen should look for bottles or packaging bearing the
Canadian Dermatology Association logo. These products have been
reviewed by CDA member dermatologists as part of the CDA's Sun
Protection Program and have met all the approval criteria, through
rigorous independent laboratory testing.
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
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