OTTAWA, May 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association's (CDA)
Board of Directors has declared the first Monday in May, to be Melanoma
Monday in Canada.
On this first Melanoma Monday the CDA will be meeting with members of
Parliament to discuss issues of patient safety affecting the overall
health and well-being of Canadians. Ottawa-area dermatologists will
also be on the Hill screening MPs, Senators and their staff for skin
cancer and showing them how to perform an at-home self-examination.
"Estimates show more new cases of skin cancer being diagnosed each year
than prostate, breast and lung cancers combined" says Dr. Denise
Wexler, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association.
As the CDA's media partner in this inaugural event, Best Health magazine
will be using its extensive social media presence to help spread
melanoma awareness messages. CDA has also partnered with Bristol-Myers
Squibb (BMS), who in February received Health Canada approval of their
new melanoma drug Yervoy. "We're very fortunate Best Health shares our
messages of prevention and early detection," says Wexler "and to have
the support of a company like BMS whose mandate includes the care of
melanoma patients is encouraging."
CDA plans to formally recognize Melanoma Monday annually with activities
to raise awareness about seriousness of melanoma, inform Canadians
about the dangers of skin cancer, how they can prevent it as well as
learn to identify changes through early detection. Research shows that
53% of melanoma skin cancers are discovered by the patients themselves
and a further 17% by their family members.
"With the ever-rising incidence of skin cancer in Canada, which is the
most common form of cancer in our country, it is imperative that
Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families" says
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association strives to provide 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 Twitter.com/CdnDermatology or Facebook.com/CdnDermatology.