The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) launched Sun Awareness Week 2015 this week, with a call to outdoor enthusiasts just as they take to the trails, waterways and golf greens. Sun damage accumulated over a lifetime means half of all senior citizens will experience some form of skin cancer. Dermatologists would like to change this.
The CDA recommends that everyone use a broad spectrum sunscreen to block harmful UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Even high SPF sport and water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied often and more so around water and when sweating.
Most people do not apply enough sunscreen to ever reach the intended level of a SPF 30. Ideally, applying two to three tablespoons of sunscreen over your body and a teaspoon on your face before going out is a good start. Reapplying often will help better protect you from sunburn, skin cancer and premature skin aging. Up to 90 percent of skin aging is due to UV radiation from the sun and devices like tanning beds.
“This year the Sun Awareness Week outdoor theme inspired us to hold a press conference and skin cancer screening at the Club de Golf la Tempête,” said DrJoël Claveau, dermatologue à la clinique du mélanome de L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec and national co-chair of CDA’s Sun Awareness Program. “Jacques Tanguay, President of the large Quebec furniture chain Ameublements Tanguay, with the support of his friend NHL legend and current Colorado general manager Patrick Roy, will share his own skin cancer story. We found it appropriate to mark the event at a golf course because this sport leaves players vulnerable to the sun, given the long hours of play.” Throughout Sun Awareness Week, the CDA will issue a series of more detailed tips for outdoor enthusiasts. Here is some quick advice specific to certain activities.
Tips for outdoor enthusiasts:
Golfers: Choose a high SPF sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and reapply after 9 holes. Seek out shade, whenever possible. Wear a broad brimmed hat and make sure to protect your neck.
Kayakers, snorkelers, wake boarders, surfers and water skiers: Apply (and reapply) a high SPF, water-resistant sunscreen – remember your feet, neck, face and ears.
Runners, cyclists, tennis and soccer players: Choose sweat-resistant or water-resistant sunscreen and remember to reapply after heavy perspiration.
Hikers: Take extra care if you’re on high hills and mountains; with every 300-metre increase in altitude, UV radiation levels increase by 4 percent.
Sun Awareness Week
The Canadian Dermatology Association has organized the nation-wide early summer Sun Awareness Week since 1989. The aim is to educate Canadians about the dangers of too much sun and to help stop the rising incidence of skin cancer in Canada.
This year’s Sun Awareness Week is Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 7, and involves a number of events and activities across Canada, including free skin cancer screenings, community events, and school visits by dermatologists.
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 http://www.dermatology.ca
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