SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association

Canadian Dermatology Association

May 02, 2016 08:00 ET

Canada's Dermatologists to Do Cancer Screening on Parliament Hill This Melanoma Monday

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - May 02, 2016) - It's Melanoma Monday and the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) is returning to the Hill to hold its annual skin cancer screening for all Members of Parliament, Senators and their staff.

This year the CDA will also be releasing a video aimed at teenagers to coincide with Prom season entitled "You Got into That Bed". It features a fun but frank discussion of the risks of tanning beds and the fact that sunbed use before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 35 per cent. The video will be uploaded to the CDA website the morning of May 2 as a YouTube video and the CDA encourages people to spread the message virally through their social media accounts.

As one of the participants in the video says, "no matter what great deal you find, the risk just isn't worth it."

"It seemed like a natural fit for us," said Dr. Vince Bertucci, President of the CDA, "targeting Canada's most important leaders, our elected officials, with one of Canada's most at-risk populations, teenagers. In this way we hope to avert tragedy in both current and future leaders."

The screening is Co-hosted by Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland-Colchester, and organized by the CDA. In addition to the early detection of cancer in parliamentarians, the screening event aims to make people aware of skin cancer's early warning signs and simple steps for prevention. The early detection and timely treatment of melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer can lessen disfigurement and even prevent death in the case of melanoma. As well, avoiding risky practices like tanning beds can reduce the likelihood that skin cancer will occur at all.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in Canada and worldwide, which makes it all the more crucial that Canadians know how to take action to protect themselves and their families. Estimates indicate there would be 85,100 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in 2015. Sadly, the number of new cases has continued to climb each year but it doesn't have to. Research shows that those individuals at risk for melanoma who had a friend or family member help with checking their skin found the disease at a much earlier stage and had a 63 per cent lower death rate compared to those who did not check their skin.

These and other facts about skin cancer prevention can be found at the CDA website, dermatology.ca.

About Melanoma Monday
Melanoma Monday is an internationally recognized day of skin cancer awareness which aims to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, and to encourage early detection through regular self-exams.

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 www.dermatology.ca or join the conversation on www.Twitter.com/CdnDermatology or www.Facebook.com/CdnDermatology.

Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:
    Nimmi Sidhu
    Coordinator, Communications
    Office: 613-738-1748 x 228
    nsidhu@dermatology.ca