Is Your Family Really Ready for Summer?

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The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) is focused on helping Canadians have safe fun in the sun and want to be sure families include sunscreen as part of their everyday sun safety. Along with hats, sunglasses, clothing and seeking shade, sunscreens play a major role in preventing skin cancer and reducing the photo-aging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Summer is right around the corner, so be ready for it by having hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Standing in the aisle at the drugstore facing row upon row of sunscreen not knowing how to choose one from the next can be daunting. With so many sunscreens on the market, it’s hard to know the best option for you and your family.

For the last 26 years the CDA has been making that decision a little easier for Canadians through its Sun Protection Program, which scientifically evaluates sunscreens through independent laboratory testing. To help Canadians identify these sunscreens at the drugstore look for the CDA’s Sun Protection Program logo that says “Recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association”.

“For most, trying to choose the right sunscreen can be a challenge”, says Moncton dermatologist Dr. Chantal Chiasson. “Many sunscreens offer inadequate protection from the sun and contain questionable ingredients. By looking for the CDA logo, purchasing a sunscreen to protect yourself and your family becomes a lot easier.”

The CDA recommends looking for sunscreens that are broad-spectrum, meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB, and have an SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be applied generously 15 to 20 minutes before heading outside and reapplied regularly especially after swimming or heavy sweating. A summer without sunburn is a lot more fun.

About Sun Awareness Week

The Canadian Dermatology Association has organized a nationwide Sun Awareness Week since 1989. The purpose of the annual campaign is to increase the awareness of Canadians about the harmful effects of UV radiation and the ways to protect the skin from UV exposure, in order to decrease the incidence of skin cancer in Canada. During National Sun Awareness Week, June 2 – 8, 2014, dermatologists will volunteer at free public skin cancer screenings and various community events across the country. For more information, please visit www.dermatology.ca.