Sun Awareness Week 2020


Monday, May 11 to Sunday, May 17 marks National Sun Awareness Week. The week will kick off with World Melanoma Day, and the release of new public opinion research revealing positive and worrisome trends in sun exposure and sun protection attitudes. Follow the CDA social media platforms for new content.

VIDEO RESOURCES
Information on Melanoma and Sun Safety Tips

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than 90% of melanomas are caused by UV light from the sun. Dr. Harvey Lui talks about how to prevent melanoma, and how early detection can help save patients’ lives.

Find out everything you need to know about sun protection from certified dermatologist and National Chair of the CDA Sun Awareness Working Group Dr. Jennifer Beecker in this special video created for Sun Awareness Week. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, and can be prevented with proper sun protection. Discover what to look for when you are buying sunscreen and other sun safe behaviours to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

Certified dermatologist and National Chair of the CDA Sun Awareness Working Group Dr. Jennifer Beecker dispels the myth that sun exposure is necessary to get vitamin D. The sun isn’t a safe source for vitamin D, and it is easily found in food and supplements. Always wear sunscreen to reduce your skin cancer risk. 

What’s the difference between mineral & chemical sunscreens? Certified dermatologist and National Chair of the CDA Sun Awareness Working Group Dr. Jennifer Beecker says the main difference is how well patients can tolerate them. Some patients tolerate a mineral sunscreen better if they have sensitive skin.

Does makeup with SPF offer enough protection? Certified dermatologist and National Chair of the CDA Sun Awareness Working Group Dr. Jennifer Beecker encourages Canadians to continue using sunscreen underneath makeup to ensure proper sun protection, since makeup is applied as a thin film and a thicker application is required to cover up adequately.

Sunscreen pills and homemade sunscreen: do they work? Certified dermatologist and National Chair of the CDA Sun Awareness Working Group Dr. Jennifer Beecker discusses the efficacy of these non-traditional methods of sun protection, and tells you which one may actually make your skin more sensitive to the sun and should be avoided.