Save Your Skin Foundation

Save Your Skin Foundation

April 30, 2013 13:55 ET

Save Your Skin Foundation Reminds Us of Sun Safety During Melanoma Awareness Month

Melanoma Awareness Month Is a Global Health Initiative, Supported by Save Your Skin Foundation, Who Promotes Awareness of Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 30, 2013) - The Save Your Skin Foundation, a Canadian based not-for-profit, reminds us of sun safety during Melanoma Awareness Month. Because the Save Your Skin Foundation promotes awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma related skin cancers throughout Canada, the foundation is a strong advocate for Melanoma Awareness Month and its global health initiatives.

Skin cancer is highly curable if detected early, so remember to follow sun-safety guidelines. There are many options for light breathable sun-safe clothing, organic sunscreens, and natural vitamin D sources. It has never been easier to protect oneself from harmful UV rays.

What you can do to be 'sun-safe':

  • Always have sunscreen with you so you can apply it whenever an unplanned outdoor activity arises
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 whenever you are outdoors (even on grey days)
  • Wear protective clothing with long sleeves and wear hats and sunglasses
  • Check for changes in moles, new moles and see you doctor right away if you see anything suspicious
  • Limit sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Do not use tanning beds, use sunless self-tanning products instead

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Everyone, irrelevant of skin tone, can be at risk for skin cancer. To reduce the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from UV radiation should be a life-long practice.

Early detection is crucial - The "ABCDE" system:

A is for Asymmetry, or irregularity of shape. Non-cancerous pigmented lesions usually are round and symmetrical, but early malignant melanomas are usually asymmetrical.

B is for irregular Border. Benign growths usually have regular margins.

C is for Colour. Cancerous growths tend to vary in shades - from tan to brown to black, sometimes mixed in with pink, red, or white.

D is for Diameter. If the growth measures more than 6 millimeters across (about 1/4"), it is dangerous.

E is for Evolution. Has there been a change in size, shape, color, or height? Has a new symptom developed (such as bleeding, itching or crusting)?

The Save Your Skin Foundation focuses on education and awareness, as well as providing emotional and financial support to those dealing with skin cancer. This May, the Foundation will be hosting the following awareness initiatives:

May 2nd - Hot Lucy Benefit at the Vancouver FanClub

Patient Information Symposiums

Also, Save Your Skin Foundation is partnering with STI Technologies Limited to launch a new program that will provide members with access to the innoviCares Program that offers additional coverage for many brand name medications and healthcare products - at no added cost.

For additional information please visit www.saveyourskin.ca or contact Amy Shore at 604-734-4223.

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