(May 1 – 31, 2024)

The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) has launched its annual month-long Sun Awareness Campaign. This year is focused on protecting children and adolescents; the campaign encourages Canadians to not only educate themselves on effective sun protection behaviors but also to embrace lifestyle changes that contribute to long-term skin health. Through a combination of educational resources, community engagement initiatives, and strategic partnerships, the CDA envisions a proactive and united front against the preventable risks of skin cancer, especially among the most vulnerable demographic.

For more details, read the 2024 Sun Awareness Month press release.

WEEK 1 (MAY 1-3): LAUNCH OF CAMPAIGN, RELEASE OF IPSOS REID SURVEY RESULTS

2023 CDA Sun Safe Behaviour Survey

The latest public opinion survey commissioned by the CDA in September 2023, conducted by Ipsos Reid, revealed some positive trends and findings of concern. The top concerns for Canadians exposing themselves to the sun continue to be sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer.

For more details, read the report for the 2023 SUN SAFE BEHAVIOUR SURVEY.

2024 Shade Structure Grant Program

Are you a school, daycare, municipal park, or a not-for-profit organization seeking shade for your community? Providing shade is an important way to minimize sun exposure & reduce the risk of skin cancer. The CDA Shade Structure Grant program is offering five grants up to $7,500 each to have permanent shade structures installed. Application deadline is June 28, 2024.

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WEEK 2 (MAY 5-11): WHY ARE CHILDREN AND YOUTH IMPORTANT TO TARGET?

With rising global temperatures, it’s essential to safeguard your children with sunscreen to shield them from UV exposure! Fifty per cent of damage induced by sun exposure occurs in childhood and adolescence.

On May 5, 2024, join us for the annual Check Your Skin Day! The CDA recommends everyone conducts routine skin checks. It’s easy, you can do it yourself, and it’s crucial for early detection of skin cancer, including melanoma! If caught early enough, this potentially deadly form of skin cancer can be easily treated. To learn more about how you can check your skin, watch this video.

WEEK 3 (MAY 13-17): HEALTHY SUN PROTECTION HABITS

Discover expert advice from Certified Dermatologists on incorporating sun safe habits into your family’s daily routine, explore innovative and proven sun protection strategies to embrace a healthier, more sun-conscious way of living as global temperatures continue to riseWe’ve got tips on sunscreen, hats, protective clothing, shade and sunglasses!

Download and print our free sun-safe bookmark today to keep essential sun protection tips at your fingertips and ensure you enjoy the sunshine safely!

Weekly themes throughout May

Stay tuned for more information!