Sun Awareness Week 2019


Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19 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 and check back here for new content, videos, resources, and sun safe behaviour data throughout the week.

MONDAY, MAY 13

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.

Learn more about Melanoma

TUESDAY, MAY 14

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.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

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. 

View Vitamin D Position Statement

THURSDAY, MAY 16

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.

Download Sunscreen 101 Infographic

FRIDAY, MAY 17

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.

SATURDAY, MAY 18

In recognition of World Skin Health Day, we are offering a free public skin cancer screening clinic in Vancouver with certified dermatologists, including Dr. Jason Rivers, and dermatology residents. It will take place at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre on Saturday, May 25, from 10:00am -1:00pm. “At our free Vancouver clinic, people will have an opportunity to have their skin checked by a certified dermatologist without a referral and learn about early detection. This is just one of many ways that CDA members give back to the community,” says Dr. Rivers.

View News Release

SUNDAY, MAY 19

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.