Save Your Skin Foundation

Save Your Skin Foundation

June 20, 2011 11:00 ET

Save Your Skin Foundation to Host Patient Information Symposium June 25, 2011

The Patient Information Symposium will provide critical information and support to those affected by melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2011) -The Save Your Skin Foundation will host a Patient Information Symposium on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The free Patient Information Symposium will provide critical information and resources, as well as the rare opportunity to speak with leading specialists.

Although the incidence of melanoma is rising faster than that of any other cancer, the information and resources available are still lacking. The Save Your Skin Foundation is working hard to change this. "One of our main objectives is to provide emotional and financial support to those dealing with skin cancer", explains David Barnard, Executive Director of Save Your Skin. David Barnard's Mother, Kathleen Barnard (Founder, Save Your Skin) is currently battling melanoma.

Several leading experts will speak at the Symposium, including Dr. Michael Smylie (Medical Oncologist, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, AB), and Dr. Sasha Smiljanic (Medical Oncologist at the Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, BC). Dr. Joel Claveau, dermatologist at the Melanoma and Pigmented Lesions Clinic, CHUQ Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, in Quebec, has also been very supportive of the Save Your Skin Foundation. Claveau explains, "The Save Your Skin Foundation and events such as this [symposium] are critical to patients, and patient caregivers, who need quick access to information. The Foundation's educational, emotional and financial assistance is a significant support to families."

The details of the Symposium are below.


  • Date: Saturday, June 25th, 2011
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Details:Free patient information symposium offering critical information and resources, plus the rare opportunity to speak with leading specialists

To register online, visit or call Marion Pérole 604-734-4223.

About Melanoma in Canada

Every year, thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with Melanoma, with the incidence of the disease increasing faster than that of any other cancer. One in 74 men and 1 in 90 women are expected to develop melanoma during their lifetime; 1 in 284 men and 1 in 486 women will die of it. It is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, causing 75% of deaths associated with skin cancer. Currently in Canada, there is no treatment proven to extend the lives of people diagnosed with metastatic (advanced) melanoma, despite the rising incidence of the disease.

About the Save Your Skin Foundation

The Save Your Skin Foundation was created by family, friends, and colleagues of Founder Kathy Barnard, who is currently battling melanoma. Save Your Skin is a Canadian based not-for-profit Foundation. Through events and other initiatives, the Foundation focuses on raising funds for education and awareness, providing emotional and financial support to those dealing with skin cancer, and on supporting the ongoing research and treatment of skin cancer.

Funds raised go towards providing critical and timely treatments, as well as ongoing education, research, and awareness initiatives.

For additional information please visit or contact Marion Pérole at 604-734-4223.

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