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National Sun Awareness Program

The Canadian Dermatology Association has organized a nationwide Sun Awareness Week in early summer since 1989 with the purpose of educating Canadians about the dangers of too much sun in order to stop the rising incidence of skin cancer in Canada. The “Week’s” activities now extend from March to October.

The National Sun Awareness Program is launched each spring and focuses on different age groups and activities. CDA member dermatologists generously volunteer their time each year to assist with public skin cancer screenings across the country, promoting the adoption of good sun safety practices and highlighting other important sun safety messages.

National Sun Awareness Program

Since 1989, the Canadian Dermatology Association’s annual, nationwide Sun Awareness Week has helped educate Canadians about dangers of excessive sun exposure — and reduce the incidence of skin cancer in the country.

This year’s Sun Awareness Week will take place Monday, June 6 to Sunday, June 12, 2016, and will be marked by a number of events and activities, including:

  • A free public skin screening clinic in Vancouver on Saturday, July 9, 2016
  • Community events (Teddy Bear Picnic in Winnipeg, MB and Lucy Slade Memorial Regatta in Chelsea, QC)

In 2007, CDA launched its Sun Safety for Outdoor Workers Program, which included the production of a 50-page manual for human resources professionals to introduce a complete sun safety program for outdoor workers in their organization; a 10 minute DVD, aimed at outdoor workers, to help this group learn the facts about skin cancer and find out safe, easy ways to protect themselves; a 3-panel brochure explaining why outdoor workers have a greater risk of skin cancer; and a mid-sized poster for office notice boards or patients rooms.

In 2010, CDA launched its Indoor Tanning Is Out Program, which included the development of a video, Indoor Tanning Is Out, aimed at young women with the message that indoor tanning is not as safe as they think. The program also included the creation of posters using melanoma survivors’ stories and a form letter to Parliament in support of tanning bed legislation that could be printed from the CDA website. In 2011, CDA created another video, Indoor Tanning Isn’t Pretty, which aimed to denormalize behaviours and perceptions when it comes to tanning.

Resource: The Big Burn