OTTAWA, May 13, 2019 /CNW/ - On World Melanoma Day 2019, the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) urges Canadians to adopt sun-safe practices that will better protect them against melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.
This call to action from Canada's certified dermatologists comes as the CDA releases new public opinion research
"This gap between knowledge and behaviour on some sun-protection measures is a matter of concern for dermatologists," says Dr. Jennifer Beecker, National Chair of the CDA Sun Awareness Working Group. "As we gear up for the summer months, when Canadians spend more time outdoors and increase their exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, our profession wants to raise awareness about sun safety and also dispel some common misconceptions."
Melanoma: An increasing threat
World Melanoma Day is marked annually around the globe on the second Monday in May and May is recognized as Melanoma Awareness Month. Canada's certified dermatologists note that the incidence of melanoma has steadily increased in Canada for the past several decades. From 1992 to 2013, the incidence rates of melanoma went up 2.1% per year for men, and 2.0% for women.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, in 2017, an estimated 7,200 Canadians were diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer and 1,250 Canadians died from the disease.
"As the incidence of melanoma continues to rise, the CDA wants to reinforce the message that sun-safe behaviours are very important for prevention," says CDA President Dr. Neil Shear. "We are also stressing the need to seek your dermatologist's advice as soon as you notice worrisome skin changes. While melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, it is highly treatable when discovered early."
CDA Sun Safe Behaviour Survey
The CDA has commissioned its Sun Safe Behaviour Survey every year since 2015. The questions for the most recent survey were fielded on Ipsos' Canadian online omnibus between September 5 and 11, 2018, to a representative sample of 1,204 Canadians, age 16 and older.
Findings of concern
For more details see FACT SHEET: 2018 SUN SAFE BEHAVIOUR SURVEY
For complete findings visit www.dermatology.ca/statistics
Minimize Your Melanoma Risk
These are among the sun-safe behaviours the CDA reminds Canadians to practice:
For more advice from the CDA on protecting yourself from melanoma, other skin cancers, and World Melanoma Day, visit dermatology.ca/world-melanoma-day
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.
SOURCE Canadian Dermatology Association
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