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Variable, highly curable and potentially lethal, melanoma strikes people all ages.
While incidences of this disease are rising, it doesn’t have to be that way. When
it comes to this and other forms of skin cancer, knowledge is key to prevention.
W If you catch a
hile the incidence healthier when they get out- with advanced disease; I With skin cancer rates diagnosis. “Reseachers in our
rates of many kinds doors, but it is essential to take recently had a 55-year-old increasing, the need for der- department are trying to dis-
of cancer continue to measures to protect their skin patient who died of metastic matologists is rising. While melanoma early, cover some of the specific
decline, the opposite is true for and use sunscreen.” melanoma. It’s a disease that’s this contingent of skin experts, molecular mechanisms that
melanoma. Some 5,000 Cana- Sun exposure is the most quite variable – highly curable now just 650 strong, needs to you have a take place when a melanoma
dians will be diagnosed with important factor in skin can- but potentially lethal. And it grow, additional hope is found develops on the skin – what
this disease in 2009, and 940 cer, and research indicates that can strike all ages; I’ve diag- in research now underway 90 per cent reactions are happening to
will die of it. Those deaths are while prolonged sun exposure nosed patients in their 20s and that promises to make diagno- 10-year survival which molecules and what
particularly tragic, because over many years has the great- in their 80s.” sis and treatment more effi- part of the DNA is being
melanoma is largely preventa- est effect on most sun cancers, Melanoma can grow very cient. rate; if you get a affected.”
ble. And if diagnosed early, extreme, intermittent exposure quickly, says Dr. Warshawski, “There’s no question there Using another approach
survival rates are greater than is more important in the devel- so sometimes even an early is going to be better patient later, deeper that involves shining a special
90 per cent. opment of melanoma. “Acute diagnosis will not result in care in the future,” says Dr. beam of light onto the skin,
“Invasive melanoma is the exposure, particularly that good prognosis. “But if you Langley. “Our group in Hali- melanoma, the using a device such as a spec-
most serious of skin cancers,” causing sunburn or blistering catch a melanoma early, you fax is doing work with a high- trometer, the chemical compo-
says Dr. Larry Warshawski, a sunburn, is a significant risk have a 90 per cent 10-year sur- resolution, non-invasive instru-
10-year survival nents or structure of a
clinical professor in Dermatol- factor for melanoma,” says Dr. vival rate; if you get a later, ment called a confocal scan- rate drops to melanoma can be revealed.
ogy and Skin Science at the Warshawski. deeper melanoma, the 10-year ning microscope. We just pub- “We can make good deduc-
University of British Colum- “I see new cases of skin survival rate drops to 40 per lished a prospective diagnosis 40 per cent. tions and conclusions about
bia, and president of the Cana- cancer on a daily basis; I see cent.” accuracy study, funded by the whether or not that spot is
dian Dermatology Association. new cases of melanoma on a Most melanomas are first Canadian Dermatology Foun- worrisome,” says Dr. Lui.
“Canadians born more recent- weekly basis,” says Dr. identified by patients, says Dr. dation, that showed the ability The ultimate aim is that
ly are more likely to get it: for Richard Langley, professor of Langley. “The most common to diagnose skin cancers early, fewer biopsies would be
people born in the 1930s, the Dermatology and director of symptom for a skin cancer is instantaneously, at the bed- required, with the result of less
chances are approximately one Research at Dalhousie Univer- change. We use the acronym side.” scarring, and diagnosis would
in 1,500, but for people born sity. “What is most surprising ABCDE as a guide ((A)asym- In Vancouver, a team led be faster and more efficient.
in the last 10 years, it is around to me is who develops it and metry, change in (B)border, by Dr. Harvey Lui, professor “It would make it possible to
one in 75 for males and one in how it impacts their life. (C)colours or larger (D)diame- and department head for Der- deal more effectively with the
95 for females.” “This week, I saw a 24- ter, (E)evolution of size, matology and Skin Science at huge volume of patients that
That deadly trend can be year-old woman, the mother colour, shape or symptoms) the University of British require a more careful assess-
reversed, he says. “We’re real- of a baby, with melanoma on but any sustained change over Columbia, Vancouver General ment of their skin. We’re mak-
ly trying to educate the public her neck. It was a thin time, over weeks or months, Hospital and the B.C. Cancer ing incremental improve-
about minimizing sun expo- melanoma and highly cur- should be of concern, particu- Agency, is doing research on ments, some of which have
sure as much as possible. We able,” adds Dr. Langley. “But larly in patients over the age another technology that may been introduced into standard
understand that people are I’ve also had patients come in of 40.” significantly advance early practice already.”
Dermatologists call for restrictions on tanning bed use
ountrywide, it’s on the tanning are very dangerous,” been scientifically associated “We’re working with the “The World Health Orga- your risk of skin cancer.
checklist of many Cana- says Dr. Ian Landells, vice with skin cancer, emitting in provincial government here to nization has recommended Until the day when
dians preparing to hit president of the Canadian several minutes the amount of try to prevent kids under the this and other countries have younger people are banned
warmer climates. Right next Dermatology Association, and radiation that a person would age of majority (19 in New- done it,” says Dr. Rosen, not- from tanning bed use, Dr.
to a new bathing suit and bat- a St. John’s, Newfoundland- only get after hours in the sun. foundland) from being able to ing that it is not the whole Rosen says the message is:
teries for the camera, many based dermatologist. “They Dr. Landells says a use tanning beds, with or with- population that is using artifi- “Be happy with the colour of
Canucks plan on a few visits emit very large amounts of Swedish study showed that out their parents’ permission.” cial tanning, but mostly skin that you have and, just
to the local tanning salon to ultraviolet-A light and some people visiting a tanning bed “The Ministry of Health young women. “We need to because the prom is coming
ease the glare of our wintery ultraviolet-B light – both of twice a week for a year, or 100 has been considering the reach this group with this up, it doesn’t mean you have
white skin. which cause skin cancer.” times, increased their risk of options and is listening intent- message; that tanning now to be tanned.”
Ask any dermatologist, As well, Dr. Landells says developing skin cancer by 100 ly to the details surrounding can have dire consequences In the event that a person
though, and they’ll say don’t ultraviolet-A light is the major times. the issue,” says Dr. Landells. later.” is not prepared to heed this
do it. light source responsible for “It is for this reason that Dr. Cheryl Rosen, national The hope is that this ban advice and embrace a fairer
In fact, dermatologists in aging our skin. “It breaks dermatologists, who spend director of the CDA’s Sun would make a difference to complexion, Dr. Rosen says
Newfoundland, Quebec and down the collagen and elastic their time treating both aging Awareness Program and head Canada’s skin cancer rate – spray-on tans – as long as a
Ontario are urging legislators tissue, which makes our skin of the skin and skin cancer, of dermatology for the Toron- currently the most common person is aware that they
to follow a lead set by New sag and wrinkle. It exposes the strongly object to tanning bed to Western Hospital, says the cancer diagnosis in Canada – don’t provide protection from
Brunswick years ago and pro- capillaries in the skin and use,” he says. CDA is working to support because studies have shown the sun – are safe. “The main
hibit youths from using tan- causes the little brown spots Ideally, he says he’d like to provincial activities to ban that exposure to artificial ingredient there is dihydroxy-
ning salons. on people’s faces.” see young people banned artificial tanning in young peo- ultraviolet radiation sources acetone and that is safe to
“Artificial light sources for Worse, tanning beds have from using tanning beds. ple. at a younger age increases use.”
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Dermatologist are uniquely trained to Q&A with Dr. Larry Warshawski, President of the Canadian Prevention is the key to avoiding Skin cancers are not all
Inside address skin issues Dermatology Association skin cancer the same
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association exists to advance the science
and art of medicine and surgery related to the care of the skin, hair and
nails; provide continuing professional development for its members;
support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun
protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of
healthier skin, hair and nails.
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SKIN EXPERTS IN DEMAND
Trends show rising need for more dermatologists
ot a skin concern? da’s health care system, der- fied and fully trained,” says Dr.
While a requisite visit matologists possess unique Larry Warshawski, president of
with a GP is prudent, training, expertise and experi- the Canadian Dermatology
ultimately what you need is a ence that qualify them to diag- Association. “In terms of diag-
dermatologist. The challenge nose and treat the many dis- nosis, dermatologists are best
is Canada’s shortage of these eases of our largest organ, our prepared; they can explain
specialists can mean a long skin. any skin condition in greater
wait for people in need. “In terms of skin disease, detail, and can understand
Critical members of Cana- dermatologists are fully quali- treatment options more fully
because of their greater experi-
Many treatments of skin
Vitamin D – disease are complex, he says,
and cannot be performed with
just the facts the same accuracy and effec-
tiveness in other settings.
A recent resurgence in talk about vitamin D has alerted Cana- “With skin cancer surgery, for
dians to its importance as well as to the difficulty we have in example, we have techniques
getting enough. But certain myths surround vitamin D that for removing skin cancers that
are more accurate than those
must be dispelled, say Canadian skin experts.
available anywhere else. For
First, while many Canadians believe that tanning bed use psoriasis, we have new, very
will increase their skin’s ability to produce vitamin D, the truth effective biologic agents. But
is quite the opposite. you need experience in using
Dr. David McLean, professor of Dermatology at UBC and those agents.”
head of Cancer Prevention for the BC Cancer Agency, says Dermatologists know Dr. Ian Landells (left) is among just 650 dermatologists in Canada. Demand for these physicians
which patients should be who are specially trained to diagnose and treat skin conditions, and also to explain and discuss
UVA – the main source of light in tanning beds – is very ineffi-
placed on which medications, treatment options with patients, is on the rise. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
cient at producing vitamin D, but very efficient at producing he says, and are more vigilant
wrinkles. about side-effects. tions are quite rare and can dermatologists. Today, Canada on surgery, so they are
“You won’t get much vitamin D, but you’ll make your skin Of some concern to der- mimic other, more common has only about 650 dermatolo- unavailable for general der-
much older, much sooner,” he says. matologists, says Dr. War- conditions. Dermatologists can gists, a paltry number for a matology.”
Another myth is that if you stay out in the sun longer, shawski, is the proliferation of make those challenging diag- population of almost 34 mil- The only solution, he says,
relatively invasive skin treat- noses.” lion people. With the average is to train more dermatologists
you’ll produce more vitamin D. ments being provided by non- As they see hundreds of age of Canadian dermatolo- in our medical schools. “The
“Actually, if you stay out too long in the sun, the body medical personnel. “If you patients each year with skin gists now at 55, the situation is number of people entering
turns off vitamin D production after a certain amount and all look at certain types of laser disease, dermatologists are also worsening. Today, patients can specialties are regulated by the
you end up doing is damaging your skin,” says Dr. Cheryl treatment, for example, staff familiar with the latest treat- expect delays of between two government; we’d like to have
Rosen, national director of the Canadian Dermatology Associ- often go to a one-day course to ments. “We now have very and six months to see a der- this number increased in the
ation’s Sun Awareness Program and head of dermatology at learn how to run the machine. effective, very strong treat- matologist after receiving a future. We cannot ask derma-
Dermatologists have been ments for acne. Isotretinoin referral from a general practi- tologists to retire at 75, so we
the Toronto Western Hospital. trained to deal with the side- has been used for many years tioner. have to have more young der-
Even if Canadians did get sun exposure during the winter effects of these treatments, now and it’s extremely effec- The shifting needs of matologists entering the field.”
months, a chilly prospect at best, the light we are receiving whereas the person who just tive, but the treatment regime Canada’s aging population Only about two per cent of
isn’t the kind that helps us produce vitamin D. takes a short course doesn’t has been changed over the adds another worrisome dermatological practices are
“Because of our latitude, UVB light, which is the one need- understand why they’re hap- years to lower dosages and dimension, says Dr. Yves focused on cosmetic treat-
ed for vitamin D production, is almost absent from the sun- pening or could be prevent- longer treatments. Not every Poulin, associate clinical pro- ments, says Dr. Poulin. “We
ed.” patient needs that approach, of fessor, Department of Medi- treat all skin problems, such as
shine in winter. So we physically cannot make vitamin D,” says Dermatology is a wide course: topical antibiotics, ben- cine, Laval University. “An acne and psoriasis, and all skin
Dr. McLean. field, he says. “Every major zoyl peroxide and oral antibi- aging population means we’ll manifestations of internal dis-
Both doctors say a much safer, more reliable way to get text book on dermatology is otics may be appropriate.” have more and more skin orders, such as lupus. And
vitamin D is to take one 1,000-milligram supplement a day. between two and four volumes Unfortunately, Canada is cancers. It means we’ll have there isn’t a week in which I
thick. Many of these condi- challenged by a shortage of more dermatologists focusing don’t see a melanoma.”
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Educating public among top priorities for Canadian dermatologists
are invested in programs for tance of hydration, moisturiz- Any other recommended together in support groups.
Q&A with public education on sun safe-
ing the skin, cannot be
overemphasized. It’s some-
resources for people with skin
Together, they also have
more political power, which
Dr. Larry Warshawski
President, Canadian For example, we have Sun thing people don’t really think The Canadian Skin Patient can be important in persuad-
Dermatology Association Awareness events across the about. Often, patients think Alliance is a group formed by ing the government to cover
country where the public is they can simply apply a pre- patients, most of whom have certain treatments, such as bio-
given free skin assessments by scribed cream, but although skin disease, who have come logics for the treatment of pso-
How would you describe a dermatologist in a public that is important, it won’t get together to disseminate infor- riasis.
dermatologists’ role in our area. Quite a number of skin better without an effective mation on various diseases, Governments tend to shy
health system? cancers have been discovered moisturization regime, espe- including those that are fairly away from these because of
Our skin is the largest organ of that way. It’s a public service, cially in the winter months. rare, and to bring patients the costs, but if you have a
the body, and dermatologists but our primary aim is educa- group of patients coming
are the experts on skin disease. tion: letting people know why together to lobby, they can
The diseases and treatments of they should use hats and demonstrate the value: how
the skin are complex, and other sun protective clothing, someone with psoriasis who is
because dermatologists are
We have Sun which hours of the day it is a recluse because of their dis-
working solely on these issues, Awareness particularly important to ease can become a productive
we have a comprehensive avoid sun exposure, and why member of society.
understanding that allows us to events across they should apply high-pro-
effectively manage skin disease tection sunscreens and wear Dr. Larry Warshawski, MD,
and the complications of treat- the country proper sunglasses. FRCPC, is the president of the
ment. Canadian Dermatology Associa-
where the public Where can Canadians find tion; a fellow of the Royal College
What are the key issues facing is given free skin reliable information on skin of Physicians and Surgeons of
your profession? diseases and treatments? Canada; a member of the Canadi-
We don’t have enough derma- assessments by We are in the process of revis- With the average age of dermatologists now 55, the Canadian an, American, and International
tologists. We’re working on it ing the CDA website, which Dermatology Association is concerned that within 10 years Societies for Dermatologic Surgery;
and making some progress; a dermatologist will have a lot of information almost half of Canadian dermatologists will retire. The CDA and a clinical professor and head
our residency numbers are for the public going forward. has several initiatives underway to help address this issue, of Dermatologic Surgery for the
increasing. But the average age in a public area. For example, if a patient has including increasing education opportunities for general prac- Department of Dermatology and
of dermatologists is 55. Within atopic dermatitis, the impor- titioners. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM Skin Science, UBC.
10 years, almost half of Cana-
Quite a number
dian dermatologists are going of skin cancers
We’re doing our best to have been
increase the number of resi-
dents, and we’re working hard discovered that
on continuing medical educa-
tion for the present dermatolo- way. It’s a public
gists we have. We’re also in the service, but
process of increasing education
opportunities for general prac- our primary aim
Describe the Canadian
approach to public
Over the last few years, the
association has focused on a
particular skin disease each
year. In 2008, it was atopic
dermatitis, or eczema; this How do the CDA’s Sun
year, we’re focusing on acne Protection Evaluation and Sun
and rosacea; next year, our Awareness programs fit in?
focus will be psoriasis. We’re The Sun Protection Evalua-
making efforts to educate the tion and Sun Awareness pro-
public about these diseases grams are aimed at educating
and their impacts. Skin dis- the public on the importance
eases such as psoriasis and of sun protection.
atopic dermatitis can look We recognize sunscreens
frightening, so it’s important that are independently proven
that people know what it is to be effective, and the funds
and that it isn’t contagious. received for that recognition
Canadians well aware of
melanoma skin cancer – but
half don’t check often enough
anadians are well aware 70 per cent of melanomas are
of melanoma, the most first found by the patient them-
serious form of skin selves or close family mem-
cancer, but one in two people bers,” she adds.
don’t check their skin often Melanoma is most com-
enough, according to a new mon on the backs of men and
survey conducted by Angus the legs of women but can
Reid Strategies for the Cana- appear anywhere on the body
dian Dermatology Associa- including the arm, scalp or
tion. face. While less common in
Melanoma, unlike many darker-skinned people,
cancers, is clearly visible on melanoma may appear on the
the skin. Early detection is soles of the feet, palms of the
directly linked to a very high hands or under the nails,
survival rate – 90 per cent for among other sites.
Canadians. Many Canadians were
However, 940 Canadians – aware that having a lot of sun-
three people a week – will die burns is a major risk factor for
from melanoma this year, and melanoma (80%), the survey
5,000 will be diagnosed with it. showed. However, less than
Melanoma is now the 8th most half of those surveyed (42%)
common cancer found in knew that having many moles
Canadians. It is one of a small or large moles is a strong risk
number of cancers that contin- factor too. Even fewer (34%)
ues to increase in incidence. recognized that having skin
The first ever “Melanoma that freckles or is unable to
Awareness and Attitudes Sur- tan, or red or blond hair (30%)
vey of Canadians” revealed are also risk factors.
that most Canadians know Of course, it is much better
what melanoma is and what it to prevent melanoma. When it
looks like – a new or existing comes to ways to protect the
mole, freckle or spot that is skin from ultraviolet radiation,
changing in colour, shape or many would use a sunscreen
Life is full of compromises – like balancing protection and moisturizing for your skin.
size. (75%), hats and clothing (69%).
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Protection from above. Beauty from within.
comprises 24 per cent who playing fields and schools so
never check their skin and 31 that this natural protection, as
per cent who say they check well as built shade, is more ™
“less often” than every couple available for people. When
of months. As a guide, people shade is available, it is another
should check their skin for option for sun protection,”
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MELANOMA AND SQUAMOUS CELL AND BASAL CELL CANCER
Prevention the key to combating skin cancers
he statistics are shock- factor, which can determine worked indoors has smooth, reapply every two hours or tect the arms. If you go swim-
ing. This year, more
Skin cancers are who gets skin cancer and who blemish free skin.” even every half hour if you ming, wear a T-shirt to protect
than 80,000 Canadians the most common does not, is unprotected expo- Prevention can be simplici- are perspiring heavily. Reap- your back.
will be diagnosed with skin sure to the sun’s rays. While ty itself, say the dermatolo- ply immediately after swim- Lastly, say dermatologists,
cancers. About 5,000 will find form of cancer in there may be a genetic com- gists. Always apply a sun- ming. avoid outdoor activities when
they have melanomas, the ponent to some skin cancers, screen with a sun protection Wear a broad-brimmed the sun is at peak strength,
deadliest form of the disease; the world, and the sun’s UVA and UVB rays factor of at least 30 when hat to shade the face and neck and whenever possible, make
940 will die of it. are the main culprit, say der- heading into direct sunlight; and long-sleeved shirts to pro- best use of shade.
Skin cancers are the most their incidence is matologists.
common form of cancer in the on the rise. “UV rays can damage the
world, and their incidence is basic DNA of skin cells,” says
on the rise. Canadians born in Canadians born in Dr. Vince Bertucci, president
the 1990s have a two to three of the Canadian Society for
times higher risk of skin cancer the 1990s have a Dermatologic Surgery. “More-
than those born in the 1960s, over, the same rays can inter-
says the Canadian Dermatol- two to three times fere with the body’s immune
ogy Association. They face a higher risk of skin system, which rids the body of
one in six lifetime risk. damaged cells.”
Those at greatest risk are cancer than those One nasty sunburn as a
redheads and blondes with fair child may be enough to trig-
skin. They lack the melanin, a born in the 1960s, ger cellular change, which
built-in natural protection results in a skin cancer
against sunburn, found in larg- says the Canadian decades later in life, he says.
er amounts in southern people Current thinking is that
from the Mediterranean,
Dermatology between 25 per cent and 30
through Africa to parts of Asia. Association. per cent of basal cell cancers,
While 80 per cent of new the most common form,
cases involve the least serious result from overexposure
form, basal cell cancers – red- before age 18.
dish blemishes that refuse to Nor is skin cancer the only
heal and often weep or bleed – damage those rays do. They
about 13 per cent are squa- can over time fracture the col-
mous cell cancers – rough lagen and elastin that give
flaky patches. About 7 per cent support to skin, especially in
are potentially deadly the face and neck. Skin sags
melanomas, which can resem- and wrinkles, tiny blood ves-
ble moles. They can metasta- sels, lacking support from that
size, spreading unchecked to Look for sunscreens collagen, break and create spi-
other body organs. der web patterns. Skin
The irony is that most skin
bearing the Canadian becomes as attractive as old
cancers are easily preventable. Dermatology Associa- leather.
It is just a matter of using com- tion logo. These “I have two patients – sis-
mon sense, say dermatologists ters about two years apart.
including Dr. Mariusz Sapi- products have been One has worked outdoors
jaszko, medical director of the reviewed by CDA with no protection, while the
Western Canada Dermatology other worked indoors and
Institute in Edmonton.
member dermatolo- wore sunscreen when she
“Just follow common sense gists, your skin experts, went into the sun,” says Dr.
rules; when you go out in the under CDA’s Sun Sapijaszko. “The difference in
sun, protect exposed skin,” he their skin is considerable. The Beyond applying suscreen, wear a broad-brimmed hat to shade the face and neck and long-
says. Protection Evaluation one who worked outdoors has sleeved shirts to protect the arms. If you go swimming, wear a T-shirt to protect your back, say
The major contributing Program. leathery skin; the one who dermatologists. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM
KIDS AND YOUTH LIFESTYLE SKIN OF COLOUR
The sun: friend or foe of For those who work and Even dark skinned
acne sufferers? play outdoors people at risk
t’s long been thought that here is a dichotomy to are at four to five times greater
getting out in the sun is a the sun. While its rays risk, and an Argentinean study
cure for acne. are essential to life, they says they are at three times
Ask any dermatologist, can also destroy it. Those at greater risk than the general
though, and they’ll say don’t high risk include men and population.
do it. women whose jobs demand But athletes and workers
“You’ll often hear children days of outdoor work and need not shun the sun if they
say, ‘Oh, my acne always those whose love of sports pro- use common sense, says Dr.
improves in the summer. The pels them into the sunshine in Sapijaszko.
sun dries it up.’ And parents summer and winter. First, apply sunscreen with
encourage their kids to get Ask any dermatologist, a sun protection factor of a
out into the sun to improve though, and they’ll say don’t minimum of 30 to all exposed
their acne,” says Dr. Ian Lan- do it. skin, being careful to include
dells, vice president of the combination of treatments,” “It is one of those great the ears and tops of feet. An
Canadian Dermatology Asso- says Dr. Landells. “Benzoyl paradoxes,” says Dr. Mariusz SPF 30 lip balm is also recom-
ciation. “In actual fact, the peroxide helps to remove the Sapijaszko, medical director of mended. All sunscreen should
sun is only masking the plug, antibiotics help with the the Western Canada Dermatol- be reapplied at least every two People of African, Latino, Asian and Mediterranean heritage
acne.” inflammation – reducing bac- ogy Institute in Edmonton, hours – more regularly if you may have more melanin in their skin, but they are still at risk of
Acne commonly starts teria – and vitamin A acid “The sun’s bright rays, which perspire heavily. developing skin cancers. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM
during puberty, when the normalizes the way the hair lift our moods, warm us and Wearing protective cloth-
cells of the skin that line the follicle sheds skin.” give life to all growing things, ing, including long-sleeved oes dark skin offer deflects those chemicals before
hair follicle begin to shed Whatever you do, don’t are also potentially deadly car- shirts and a broad-brimmed enough natural protec- they can reach and damage
more rapidly and changing just wait it out. cinogens.” hat, is also important, say der- tion to safeguard skin cells, Dr. Goldstein
hormone levels cause the oil “It is very important to “UVA and UVB rays can matologists. Donning a T-shirt against sun-induced skin can- explains. The greater the
glands to produce more oil. seek help,” says Dr. Landells. both damage cellular DNA, or other clothing to protect cers? Absolutely not, say der- amount of melanin, the
“Acne is caused when “People with acne don’t have plant the seeds of cancer and your back when swimming matologists. greater its ability to protect
increased oil within the hair to just suffer and wait to grow interfere with the skin’s natural isn’t just smart, it’s also a prac- Black, Latino, Asian and skin.
follicle mixes with the skin out of it. There are many immune systems, preventing it tice that has been made fash- Mediterranean skin may have “But ask any Jamaican and
that is shedding inside the fol- treatments that can get it from ridding the body of sun- ionable thanks to new lines of more melanin, the body’s nat- he will tell you those with
licle. This results in what is under control and cure it.” damaged cells.” sun protective sportswear. ural protection against the dark skin do indeed get sun-
called a comedone – a white- Given the scarring effects Research suggests those Responsible employers sun’s harmful rays, but burn; it is just not as notice-
head or blackhead – which of acne, Dr. Landells says it is who spend a great deal of time can also help protect their increasingly people whose able as among those with fair
then becomes inflamed as far easier to prevent the scar- outdoors playing sports or staff. Dr. Sapijaszko reports roots lie in sunny, hot-weather complexions,” he says.
bacteria multiply within the ring than it is to reverse it. working are at substantially seeing sun-conscious construc- countries do indeed develop People of African descent
follicle and our immune sys- higher risk. Dermatologists tion workers in Phoenix sport- skin cancers. seem particularly susceptible
tem responds,” explains Dr. report seeing melanomas, the ing specially designed broad- “It is a misconception that to melanomas on the palms,
Landells, a St. John’s, New- Acne facts deadliest form of skin cancer, brimmed hard hats, while Dr. those with darker skin are soles of the feet and under the
foundland-based adult and bust common in athletes as young as their Bertucci points out Canada immune from the damaging fingernails, Dr. Goldstein
pediatric dermatologist. late teens. Post provides its letter carriers effects of the sun’s rays,” says adds. Dark skin is also of lim-
He says the ultraviolet myths “A decade ago that was with free sunscreen and Toronto-based dermatologist ited protection against sun
radiation of the sun’s rays is rare. Melanomas usually did broad-brimmed hats. Dr. Eric Goldstein. “They damage to the skin’s immune
only suppressing our immune FACT: not appear until the late 40s To people who just love to have a lower incidence of skin system, he continues.
system’s response to the bac- The sun does not cure on,” says Dr. Vince Bertucci, play outdoors, Dr. Sapijaszko cancers, but they can get sun- Celebrated musician Bob
teria, making the acne appear acne. president of the Canadian Soci- says, “Try to schedule sporting burns and all three types of Marley reportedly died of a
less red. The blackheads and ety for Dermatologic Surgery. events early or late in the day skin cancers – basal cell, squa- metastasized melanoma, origi-
whiteheads, however, remain. Athletes who practice their when the sun’s rays are less mous cell and melanomas – nally on the sole of his foot.
“As soon as they are out Acne is not caused by poor sport outdoors are at greatest intense. And make best use of just like Caucasians.” Children of Asian immi-
of the sun, the acne comes hygiene. risk, he continues. An Italian shade when not actively In fact, dermatologists are grants, who in their parents’
back,” says Dr. Landells. FACT: study suggests young athletes engaged in play or work.” reporting a rising incidence native land might be trained
He cautions that sun among darker-skinned Cana- from birth to cover up and
exposure can actually cause Junk food has never been dians, says Dr. Jensen Yeung, wear broad-brimmed hats in
the oil glands of the face to scientifically connected to co-director of the melanoma the sun, tend to adopt a North
slowly enlarge, leading to acne. and pigmented lesions clinic American lifestyle and
worse problems down the at Toronto’s Women’s College become near sun-worshippers,
road. That – combined with Hospital. “They are not as says Dr. Yeung.
the fact that the sun causes Popping a pimple is not common as among Northern “They take a southern
skin cancer – is reason good because it ruptures Europeans, but they do seem vacation in winter and disre-
enough to protect our skin inwards, takes longer to on the rise among both sexes.” gard all common sense sun
from the sun. heal and ending up more What provides some natu- protection rules in an effort to
When it comes to treating inflamed. ral protection in those with get a fast tan,” he says. “In
acne effectively, there are darker skin is melanin, the summer they do the same.”
many over-the-counter or FACT: compound that gives skin its The result can be sun
prescription medications that Makeup use with acne is Dermatologists strongly advise people who enjoy the outdoors colour. When the sun’s UVA damage to the skin, especially
address the source of the fine, as long as it’s oil-free to protect themselves against UVA and UVB rays, which can and UVB rays strike the skin, sunburns and the increased
problem. or water-based. damage cellular DNA, plant the seeds of cancer and interfere they excite a chemical reac- risk of skin cancers as they
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Sun damage is only temporary because the skin
naturally repairs itself.
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sun exposure. Problems appear gradually as the skin’s sun
Myth no. 3
The higher the SPF, the less I have to reapply my sunscreen.
False. Sun protection can diminish after swimming, towel
drying or sweating. It is recommended you reapply your sun
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Although 68 per cent of the 5,000 Canadian men and women questioned said they used sun protection,
only 18 per cent use it every time they go outdoors, and 43 per cent only apply sunscreen when the sun’s
rays seem intense. In an era of rising incidence of skin cancer, that’s cause for concern.
Study reveals surprising
attitudes about sunscreens
hen it comes to usage. We conduct that type some sloppy habits among On the plus side, 46 per While just 47 per cent to children, the dangers of
sun protection, of study on a regular basis, Canadians when it comes to cent of users say they re- of Canadians were able to sun exposure are exaggerat-
Canadians are and it allows us to commu- applying sunscreen. apply sunscreen every one say what the initials SPF ed, and there’s no need to
high-stakes gamblers, nicate efficiently with con- About 46 per cent of to three hours, which Mr. stood for, even fewer – just use sunscreen when it’s
according to a recent survey sumers.” those who say they use a Gagne says is a wiser 14 per cent – have heard of cloudy or when skin is
conducted by L’Oréal The chief challenge to sunscreen also say they approach to ensure sun the term photo-stability, an tanned.”
Canada. Although 68 per sun protection seems to be apply it less than five min- protection. important factor in a sun- It also showed that
cent of the 5,000 men and a lack of understanding of utes before going outdoors, The study also revealed screen’s resistance to break- while users in the 45- to 74-
women questioned said the basics. a practice that does not that while awareness of ing down in sunlight and year-old bracket try to stay
they used sun protection, While the majority of allow enough time for the both UVA and UVB is ability to provide sustained out of the sun, younger
only 18 per cent use it Canadians use sunscreens sunscreens to create an high, many Canadians do UVA protection. (See the non-users (14 to 24 years)
every time they go out- (68 per cent said they used effective barrier. not understand how sun- “Pay attention to ingredi- are sun-seekers.
doors, and 43 per cent only one in the past year) they When it comes to re- screens protect against ents” story on this page.) “They are more likely
apply sunscreen when the do so on a hit-and-miss applying sunscreen regular- these unique threats. At its heart, the study to think that getting a sun-
sun’s rays seem intense. basis. For example, while 87 ly to ensure continuing pro- For example, “The revealed insight into atti- burn makes you tan faster,
The findings indicate per cent said they would tection, 38 per cent say majority thinks SPF pro- tude differences among var- and say that having a tan is
that despite a decade of apply sunscreen when they once is enough – no matter tects against both types of ious demographic seg- important to them,” says
warnings by dermatologists visit a beach or pool, only how long they are outdoors UV rays, which is wrong,” ments. Mr. Gagne, noting that
and the medical communi- 43 per cent say they apply and whether or not they are says Mr. Gagne, noting that “Men are non-believ- both falsehoods are in fact
ty, Canadians have yet to it only when the sun’s rays perspiring heavily. Further, SPF – a sunscreen’s Sun ers,” says Mr. Gagne. a fast track to premature
get the message: the sun’s are intense. 55 per cent say they never Protection Factor – refers “They are more likely to aging and heightened risk
UVA and UVB rays are the “People do not seem to re-apply after sweating. only to UVB protection. think sun is more harmful of skin cancer.
chief cause of skin cancers be aware that any time the
and can significantly age sun is shining – summer or
skin prematurely. winter and even on overcast
Sunscreen products not days – unprotected expo-
only protect against skin sure can result in skin dam-
cancers, but can also miti- age,” says Mr. Gagne.
gate damage to the collagen That fact is evident from
and elastin that support the the survey results.
skin and help maintain the For example, while 88
body’s immune system, per cent of respondents
which can be damaged by indicated they use sun-
the sun’s rays. screens in summer, only 16
Jean-Francois Gagne, per cent use sunscreen in
studies department director winter, even though the sun
for L’Oréal Canada, says, reflecting off snow and ice
“As a leader on the sun- can still burn and damage
screen market, it’s our skin. Sunscreen use also
responsibility to monitor drops sharply in fall (23 per Just 47 per cent of Canadians were able to say what the initials SPF
closely the attitude of the cent) and spring (37 per stand for. Even fewer – just 14 per cent – have heard of the term
population toward sun- cent). photo-stability, an important factor in a sunscreen’s ability to provide
screen products and their The study also revealed sustained UVA protection. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM
L’Oréal brands help shed light on sun awareness
Ombrelle is the #1 rec- of sun damage. habits. In this spirit, in ed to the cause.
L’Oréal has ommended sun protec- This public health mis- 2009, Vichy Canada proud- Vichy Canada main-
tion brand by Canadian sion led to the worldwide ly partnered with renowned tains a close partnership
dermatologists** and creation of Skin Health children’s association with dermatologists every-
its energy and know- pharmacists*** Backed by more than 75 Centres, bringing dermatol- “Opération Enfant Soleil” where, supplying them with
how on cosmetics for **Survey among Canadians dermatolo- years of skin expertise, ogists and Vichy experts to to raise awareness about the sun protection samples and
nearly a century. Among gist by IFOP/Canada market Vichy Laboratoires is dedi- local communities. The importance of protecting crucial information about
its leading brands are research in February 2008, mandated cated to the science of skin objective is to motivate con- children’s skin from the what to look for in a sun
several of the world’s by L’Oréal Canada. health, including educating sumers to better protect sun. A percentage of every protection.
best sunscreens. Here is *** Pharmacy Post’s 2008 Survey on the public about sun-safe themselves and adapt Capital Soleil Kids product
some information about OTC Counselling & Recommendations behaviour and the dangers responsible sun exposure sold in 2009 will be donat-
what makes each brand
unique and how each
works to promote sun Pay attention to ingredients when choosing a sunscreen
Rising awareness among consumers of their need to blended with other ingredients to maintain their According to 2006-07 mar-
protect themselves from harmful UVA and UVB radi- effectiveness, says Dr. Lim. ket research by IFOP North
ation is encouraging. But just as UVA and UVB rays Dr. Josso adds that whether used on its own or in America, La Roche-Posay is
damage our skin in different ways, not all sun- combination with the commonly used UVB filter the number one dermatolo-
Launched in 1990, screens are made the same, putting added onus on octinoxate, avobenzone starts to degrade as soon as brand in Canada*. Estab-
Ombrelle has dedicated consumers to pay close attention when choosing it is exposed to light. “Depending on the light inten- lished in France in 1975, La
itself to offer state-of-the-art sun protection. sity and the amount of product applied on skin, Roche-Posay offers a full
sun protection technology, Dr. Henry Lim, of the Department of Dermatol- very little is left after one to two hours.” line of innovative formulas
to protect Canadians and ogy at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, says while While the user might not be more exposed to and textures that provide
their families while enjoy- comfort and dermatological
ing a healthy sun-smart UVB rays are predominantly associated with causing sunburn (caused mainly by UVB rays), “the sun- efficacy to all skin types –
lifestyle. sunburns, UVA rays cause photoaging and wrin- screen’s protection against UVA will be greatly even the most sensitive.
Education has always kling. “Both types of rays contribute to development reduced,” says Dr. Josso. La Roche-Posay is the
been a priority for of skin cancer,” he cautions. Seeking a solution, Dr. Josso’s research team dis- first brand to highlight the
Ombrelle. The brand is Dr. Lim says the advent of broad-spectrum sun- covered and patented a way to photo-stabilize importance of a strong
actively involved in educat- UVA/UVB protection for
screens – products that offer both UVA and UVB pro- avobenzone, by combining it with the UVB filter
ing the population about the prevention of photoag-
the importance of sun-care tection – represent a major advance in sun protec- octocrylene. ing and of photodermatosis.
protection. tion. “We also developed UVA sunscreens made with Partnering with over
In 1998, Ombrelle “For a long time, we talked only about SPF – the Mexoryl SX & Mexoryl XL, which are inherently 25,000 dermatologists
developed a sun-care edu- sun protection factor against UVB rays. Worldwide, photo-stable,” says Dr. Josso. throughout the world, La
cation program called Mis- Roche-Posay has helped
more and more broad-spectrum protection is avail- Dr. Lim says in lab settings photo-stable sun-
sion UV to heighten educate consumers about
awareness among children able. In Canada and other parts of the world, you screens remain photo-stable for about four to five the dangers of sun damage
about the damage caused have labelling for the degree of UVA protection of hours. and the rising incidence of
by UV rays and to pro- sunscreens.” With the photo-stability issue resolved, Dr. Josso skin cancers.
mote good sun protection Another important improvement is the introduc- says his lab is already pursuing new innovations. La Roche-Posay pro-
habits. Over the years, tion of sunscreens with enhanced photo-stability, a “Now that we can offer the optimal sun protec- vides informative skin can-
Ombrelle has closely cer-prevention educational
worked with teachers and product’s ability to maintain its effectiveness – tion, one of our next battles is textures,” he says. “We material to dermatologists
nurses to improve and safe- rather than degrade – when exposed to sunlight. are developing molecules that can boost the effica- and offers a Continuing
guard the health of chil- Dr. Martin Josso, director of L’Oréal Suncare cy of UV filters, providing maximum efficacy with Medical Education program
dren in schools and in day- Research Laboratoire in Paris, says while UV filters the minimum amount of UV filters. This allows us to help doctors diagnose
cares across Canada. are stable molecules under most conditions, and do more formulation flexibility, and we can improve the melanoma with greater
Mission UV confirms accuracy. The brand’s com-
not degrade in the formula even after several years, cosmetic elegance of our formulas.”
Ombrelle’s desire to mitment to sun damage
increase sun protection “Some UV filters are not stable once applied on the This distinction is important says Dr. Josso, not- prevention is not only a
awareness and to concrete- skin and subjected to UV radiation. They start to ing, “A lot of people will not use the correct mission, it has become a
ly contribute to the present break up and do not absorb UV light anymore.” amount of sunscreen if they do not appreciate the moral obligation for La
and future health and well- UVA filters that are not photostable have to be texture.” Roche-Posay.
ness of all Canadians. *Source: IFOP 2006-2007
T HE G LO BE AN D MAI L
T U E S D AY , J U N E 9 , 2 0 0 9 A special information supplement SA7
Not all skin cancers are the same
hen Dr. Gordon she was told about the possibil- basal cell carcinoma is about
Searles, now a clini- ity of reconstruction.” eight times more common
cal associate profes-
sor in the Division of Derma-
Basal cell cancers typically
occur on sun-exposed surfaces,
than squamous cell carcinoma
and is less dangerous. MELANOMA SKIN CANCER
tology and Cutaneous Medi-
cine, Department of Medicine
says Dr. Richard Langley, a
Halifax dermatologist who
There is a danger that
basal cell carcinoma may be KNOW THE SIGNS, SAVE A LIFE
of the University of Alberta, specializes in skin cancer. misdiagnosed in its early
was an undergrad, he noticed “Most commonly found on the stages, he says. “It can look Melanoma is a less common but most dangerous form of skin cancer
what he thought was a pimple head and neck regions, they like a number of other skin since it can spread in the body.
at the base of his nose. “But it can also be found on the back, conditions such as fungal infec-
didn’t heal, so I went to see a arms and chest. They usually tions, eczema or psoriasis. In ABCDEs of Melanoma
dermatologist who removed present as a raised, skin- addition, we see both types of
it.” coloured area that may have cancers, but particularly basal 5 steps to
Through a biopsy, the der- fine blood vessels on the sur- cell, in younger populations, SKIN CANCER SELF-EXAM
matologist also confirmed the face, but are occasionally dark- even teenagers, and in areas The shape on one
lesion was a basal cell carcino- er in colour, particularly in that are atypical,
ma. “I’m a blonde, and I spent people with darker skin. The such as the chest or the other side.
a lot of time outside in pools key thing is that they don’t abdomen. This sug- Using a mirror in a well-lit room,
as a kid, so I’ve had my share heal; they persist.” gests that tanning
1 checkneck,front of your bodychest,
the - B BORDER
of sunburns,” said Dr. Searles, Squamous cell cancer is beds or just sun face, shoulders, arms, The border or visible
looking back. the second most common type exposure is more of abdomen, thighs and lower legs. edge is irregular, ragged
While Dr. Searles’ initial of skin cancer, and also usually a factor.” and imprecise.
experience with his basal cell occurs in sun-damaged areas, There are treat-
carcinoma was a common including balding areas of the ments available,
one, what followed was less so. scalp, ears, the lower lip and including creams, Turn sideways, raise your arms
“Several years later, I noticed the back of arms, hands and light therapy, sur- There is a colour variation with
and look carefully at the right
that the skin around my scar shoulders. “Like basal cell can- gery and radiation, 2 and left sides of your body, brown, black, red, grey or white
was a little firm.” It was only cer, it can present as a sore, which can provide within the lesion.
including the underarm area.
after he began dermatology but can also present as a red excellent cure rates
training that he sought further patch or a thick, rough and when the cancer is D DIAMETER
treatment. A biopsy showed a wart-like plaque.” caught early, says Growth is typical of melanoma.
recurrence, this one deep in Actinic keratosis, a very Dr. Sapijaszko. It is usually more than 6 mm
the skin. “I was 29 years old, a common condition that pres- Surgery remains the With a hand-held mirror, check your although it can be less.
upper back, neck and scalp. Next,
physician who had aspirations
of doing surgery, and I had to
ents as rough red, scaley
lesions, usually on the face,
treatment for both
3 examine your lower back, buttocks,
have my eye removed.” scalp or hands of people over squamous cell and backs of thighs and calves. E EVOLUTION
Eventually, Dr. Searles was 50 who have had prolonged basal cell carcino- Look for change in colour, size,
treated at COMPRU, a clinic exposure to the sun over many ma, but sometimes shape or symptom such as
in Edmonton that specializes years, is considered a precur- surgery in some itching, tenderness or bleeding.
in reconstruction and prosthet- sor of squamous cell cancer. areas on the body Photos provided by Dr Joël Claveau
Examine your forearms, palms,
ic units for people with major “These are treated very easily may not necessarily
facial abnormalities. by dermatologists using be warranted. Other 4 PROTECT YOURSELF!
The best ways to protect yourself are to:
“Since the majority of basal cryotherapy or topical treatments can cre- • Find out your risk factors
cell carcinoma occurs on the creams,” says Dr. Langley. “To ate less scarring, • Learn the early signs, the ABCDEs of melanoma
head and neck, if they’re not me, they indicate two things: healing time and • Protect yourself from the sun from spring to fall
treated effectively, they’re the patient has had significant deformity. and avoid sunbeds
capable of great destruction. sun exposure and should do “You own your • Check your skin once a month
They have to be monitored. A regular skin self-examinations; skin and it’s good to Finally, check your feet - the • Take action if you see any suspicious spots
patient who was referred to and they are precancerous and know it, top to bot- 5 tops, soles, toenails, toes and
me recently with a basal cell need to be assessed by a der- tom, with the help spaces in between.
carcinoma decided against matologist.” of a mirror or two.
treatment, because it would Dr. Mariusz Sapijaszko, Be sensible with sun
have required removal of her clinical associate professor at exposure: enjoy the outdoors
nose. She only decided to go the University of Alberta Divi- and have fun, but be cautious,” For further information, visit www.dermatology.ca
ahead with the surgery when sion of Dermatology, says that says Dr. Sapijaszko.
Before showing it to the sun,
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Sunscreens, wear them well and follow the directions
r. Benjamin Barankin, A 110-millilitre from half an hour to four says Dr. Barankin.
medical and cosmetic
dermatologist at The
Dermatology Centre in
bottle or tube
hours depending on the
“Sunscreens offer good
A 110-millilitre bottle or
tube should be good for
maybe four applications. “And
should be good Canadian Dermatology Association-recognized Sunscreens
Toronto, offers a clear mes- protection – as long as used as yet you see people on vacation
sage about sun safety: put on directed,” says Dr. David with the same sunscreen they Updated May 2009
sunscreen just as you would for maybe four McLean, head of cancer pre- used for the previous three
any other necessary safety vention at the BC Cancer years,” says Dr. Barankin. Aveeno Baby Sunblock Lotion Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45
applications. “And Agency in Vancouver. “The When it comes to choosing SPF 55 Neutrogena Ultimate Sport
Parents would not think of yet you see people problem is that too many peo- a sunscreen, look for products Aveeno Active Naturals Sunblock Sunscreen Spray SPF 45
letting their children – or ple don’t follow the instruc- that carry a seal of recognition Lotion SPF 30 Neutrogena Ultimate Sport
themselves for that matter – on vacation with tions on the label.” from the Canadian Dermatol- Aveeno Active Naturals Sunblock Sunscreen Spray SPF 60
ride a bicycle without a safety To be effective, all sun- ogy Association – that ensures Lotion SPF 45 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body
helmet. Nor would they think the same sun- screens must be liberally you get both UVA and UVB Aveeno Active Naturals Sunblock Mist Sunscreen SPF 30
of going for a ride in the car applied, dermatologists protection – and opt for one Lotion SPF 55 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body
without first fastening safety
screen they used advise. That means one palm- with at least a 30 SPF (sun Aveeno Active Naturals Sunscreen Mist Sunscreen SPF 45
belts, says Dr. Barankin. for the previous full for each arm and one for protection factor). Lotion Face SPF 60 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body
“Everyone young and old each leg, for example. Then People with fair hair and Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Mist Sunscreen SPF 60
should take the same attitude three years.” remember to reapply regular- light skin would be advised to Sunscreen Lotion Face SPF 60 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-
towards sunscreen,” he says. ly. If you are swimming, the bump the SPF up, says Dr. Touch Sunscreen SPF 70
“It is essential to avoid prema- sunscreen may last just 20 to McLean. “I usually suggest an Banana Boat Baby Tear-Free Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-
ture aging of the skin, sun- 30 minutes; reapply when SPF of 60, mainly because Sunblock UVA & UVB SPF 50 Touch Sunscreen SPF 85
burns and skin cancers.” you leave the water. people usually only apply a Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face
Sunscreens protect If you are golfing, reapply quarter as much as they need,” Sunblock UVA & UVB SPF 50 Sunscreen SPF 45
exposed skin against the sun’s during that clubhouse break he says. “At least with a 60 Banana Boat Ultra Defense Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face
potentially damaging UVA after nine holes. If perspiring SPF you get factor of 15 cover- Sunscreen SPF 15 Sunscreen SPF 60
and UVB rays as effectively as freely, then follow the same age.” Banana Boat Ultra Defense Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
a raincoat protects against the regimen you would if swim- And what of those with a Sunscreen SPF 30 Sunblock SPF 30
wet, but with a good deal ming. dark tan who feel that is Banana Boat Ultra Defense Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
more comfort. While some sunscreens enough to ensure protection? Sunscreen SPF 50 Sunblock SPF 45
Sunscreens create an invis- claim to be waterproof, all Forget it, says Dr. McLean. “A
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
ible coating on the skin’s sur- that means is that they will deep tan gives you the equiva-
Coppertone General Protection Sunblock SPF 55
face that can last for anywhere not immediately wash off, lent of an SPF of about 4.”
Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 Neutrogena Waterguard Kids
Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Sunscreen Clear Spray SPF 60
Lotion SPF 60 Neutrogena Waterguard Kids
Criteria for displaying the CDA logo Coppertone NutraShield with
Dual Defense SPF 30
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Coppertone NutraShield with Olay Complete All day Moisture
he Canadian Derma- • the product is non-comedo- “The sun may cause sunburn, Dual Defense SPF 60 Cream, UV Defense
tology Association genic, non-irritating and hypo-aller- premature aging of the skin and
asks that sunscreen genic; and Coppertone NutraShield with Olay Complete All day Moisture
manufacturers interested in • the product is minimally or
skin cancer. Avoiding the sun, Dual Defense Face SPF 60 Cream, UV Defense, Sensitive
displaying the CDA logo non-perfumed. wearing protective clothing and Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Skin
and recognition statement The CDA reviews all packaging and regular use of sunscreens over Lotion SPF 30 Olay Complete All day Moisture
complete an application advertising copies for each sunscreen. Coppertone Spectra3 SPF 30 Cream, UV Defense,
the years may reduce the chance
form for each of their The CDA will not consider any product Coppertone Spectra3 SPF 50 Combination/Oily
of these harmful effects. The sun- Coppertone Spectra3 SPF 50 Olay Complete All day Moisture
products. This application that is marketed for tanning, and insists
form must be submitted to that manufacturers take a proactive screens in this product meet the Babies Lotion, UV Defense
CDA together with independent labora- stance regarding protection against sun criteria established by the Cana- Coppertone Spectra3 SPF 50 Olay Complete All day Moisture
tory test results substantiating that the damage to the skin. dian Dermatology Association.” Kids Lotion, UV Defense, Sensitive
product has met the approval criteria: If sunscreens meet the criteria listed Coppertone Sport SPF 15 Skin
• the product has a UVB sun above, the manufacturer can display the Funds generated by this program Coppertone Sport SPF 30 Olay Complete All day Moisture
protection factor (SPF) of at least 30*; Canadian Dermatology Association’s logo sponsor the Canadian Dermatology Asso- Coppertone Sunblock Lotion Lotion, UV Defense,
• the product contains a broad and the following statement on that spe- ciation’s Sun Awareness Program and its SPF 15 Combination/Oily
spectrum UVA block; cific product, usually on the packaging. Skin Cancer Screening Program. Coppertone Sunblock Lotion Olay Complete Defense Daily UV
SPF 30 Moisturizer
Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Olay Complete Defense Daily UV
SPF 50 Moisturizer – Sensitive Skin
Coppertone Water Babies
Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Ombrelle Face Cream XL SPF 30
Coppertone Water Babies Ombrelle Face Cream XL SPF 45
Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 Ombrelle Face Cream XL SPF 60
Ombrelle Face Stick XL SPF 60
Dove Deep Moisture Day Lotion Ombrelle Kids SPF 30 Lotion
SPF 15 Ombrelle Kids SPF 30 Very
Dove Deep Moisture Day Cream Gentle Lotion
SPF15 Ombrelle Kids SPF 45 Lotion
Ombrelle Kids Protection Milk XL
Exact Cooling and Refreshing SPF 60
Clear Continuous Spray Ombrelle Lotion SPF 15
Sunscreen SPF 45 Ombrelle Lotion SPF 30
Ombrelle Lotion SPF 30 Extreme
Hawaiian Tropic 30 SPF Sunblock Ombrelle Lotion SPF 45
Hawaiian Tropic 45 SPF Sunblock Ombrelle Protection Milk XL
La Roche-Posay Anthélios Spray Ombrelle Spray Lotion SPF 30
SPF 30 Ombrelle Sport Gel SPF 30
La Roche-Posay Anthélios XL Ombrelle Sport Lotion SPF 30
Cream SPF 45 Ombrelle Sport Lotion SPF 45
La Roche-Posay Anthélios XL Ombrelle Sport Spray SPF 15
Cream SPF 60 Ombrelle Sport Spray SPF 30
La Roche-Posay Antherpos XL Ombrelle Sport Spray Lotion
SPF 50 SPF 15
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Ombrelle Transparent Anti-
SPF 30 Dryness Lip Balm SPF 30
La Roche-Posay Targeted
Protection Stick Anthélios President’s Choice Sunblock
XL SPF 60 Lotion SPF 30
President’s Choice Kids Sunblock
Life Brand Sunthera3 Baby SPF 60 Lotion SPF 45
Life Brand Sunthera3 Kids SPF 50
Life Brand Sunthera3 SPF 15 RoC Minesol Lipstick SPF 20
Life Brand Sunthera3 SPF 30 RoC Minesol Protect SPF 30
Life Brand Sunthera3 SPF 60 Application Express
Life Brand Sunthera3 Sport RoC Minesol Protect SPF 45
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Life Brand Sunthera3 Kids RoC Minesol Protect Ultra High
SPF 50 Continuous Spray Protection Suncare Spray SPF 60
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Continuous Spray Protection Suncare Spray SPF 30
Life Brand Sunthera3 SPF 30
Sun Protection Lotion Face Rosasol Cream with SPF 15
Life Brand Sunthera3 SPF 60
Sun Protection Lotion Face Vichy Capital Soleil Body
Sunscreen Spray SPF 15
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Vichy Capital Soleil Body
Mist Sunblock SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray SPF 25
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Vichy Capital Soleil Face and
Mist Sunblock SPF 45 Body Lotion SPF 50
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Vichy Capital Soleil Sunblock
Mist Sunscreen SPF 60 Lotion SPF 35 for Kids
Neutrogena Healthy Defense Vichy Capital Soleil Sun Block
Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 - Cream SPF 60
Untinted, Light Tint, Medium Vichy Capital Soleil Ultra
Tint Protection Sunblock Stick
Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 60
Daily Moisturizer SPF 45 - Vichy Sun Protection Cream
Untinted SPF 30
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Vichy Sun Protection Cream XL
Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 SPF 30
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Vichy Sun Protection Cream XL
Sunscreen SPF 30 SPF 45
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Vichy Thermal Fix UV SPF 20
Sunscreen SPF 60 Vichy Ultra-Fluid Sun Protection
Neutrogena Ultimate Sport XL SPF 30
T HE G LO BE AN D MAI L
T U E S D AY , J U N E 9 , 2 0 0 9 A special information supplement SA9
The next time you are about to head out into the sun, consider these
important tips from the Canadian Dermatology Association.
Play it a shade safer when enjoying sports
hile many of us before 11 a.m. or after 4 p.m. if clothing 30 or higher sunscreen 15 to
remember sun pro- possible. Since people watch- Wear clothing that covers as 30 minutes before going out. which sport are you?
tection when head- ing sports are often out in the much of your skin as possible. Reapply sunscreen to exposed
ing to the beach or outdoor sun longer than athletes and Choose materials that are light sites 15 to 30 minutes after GOLFERS: Choose a high SPF product – 30 to 60 – that offers
swimming pool, we some- through parts of the day when and cool, such as cotton or sun exposure begins and then
greater protection as you will be out for more than four hours
times forget when it comes to the sun is strongest, extra pre- lightweight synthetics. Shirts every two hours, especially
participating in or attending a caution should be taken. with collars help protect your after vigorous activity or if playing 18 holes. Use a golf umbrella or golf cart for person-
sporting event. Sun protec- neck. Wear a wide-brimmed or sweating. Don’t forget to use al shade. If possible, wait for play in shaded, treed areas.
tion is easy and should be a SHADE legionnaire-style hat (with a an SPF 30 or higher lip balm.
part of your healthy lifestyle. Seek shade from trees, back flap). Baseball caps don’t Choose a waterproof or KAYAKERS, SNORKELLERS, WAKE BOARDERS, SURFERS AND
Here are a few tips. awnings or buildings wherever protect the ears or the vulnera- sweatproof sunscreen if you WATER-SKIERS: Don’t forget to apply (and reapply) a high
possible. If there is little shade ble neck area. Don’t forget are in the water or will be SPF, water-resistant sunscreen to the tops of feet, forehead,
Time of day at a sporting event, bring your sunglasses; 100 per cent UV sweating. Some “sport” sun- nose, cheeks, tips of the ears and back of the neck. These
The sun’s rays are most pow- own shade such as an umbrel- protection, wraparounds are screens are now available and areas often get sunburned during water sports.
erful and can harm your skin la or portable tent. Ask your best. work well.
particularly from 11 a.m. to 4 club committee to consider RUNNERS, CYCLISTS, TENNIS AND SOCCER PLAYERS:
p.m.. Try to schedule your building a shade structure or Sunscreen For more information, consult
Choose a sunscreen that is sweat or water resistant and won’t
sporting activities or training planting shade trees. Apply a broad spectrum, SPF www.dermatology.ca
run into your eyes or be easily removed when you sweat.
HIKERS: If you are hiking in the mountains, be aware that you
TIPS FOR PARENTS are at increased risk of sun damage because with every 300
metre increase in altitude, UV radiation levels increase by 4%.
Sun-safe play, everyday
he most harmful effects Check with your pharmacist ple, provide signed permis- Watch out for reflected light
of sun exposure occur about a suitable sunscreen for sion for your childcare from sand, snow, concrete
during early childhood. your child. Choose one that provider to apply sunscreen and water – up to 85 per cent
These tips will remind par- protects against UVA and to your child, leave a bottle of of the sun’s harmful UVB
ents of the many ways they UVB, with SPF 30 or higher, sunscreen, labelled with your rays can bounce back at you.
can offer sun protection to and look for products carry- child’s name, at the daycare
their little ones. ing the Canadian Dermatol- centre). One of the best ways to teach
ogy Association’s logo. is by example. Make sure you
Keep babies under one year of Children with fair skin, who practise what you preach.
age out of direct sunlight, Do not apply sunscreen usually burn and never tan
either in a covered stroller, around a child’s eyes as it when out in the sun, or kids Try to avoid the sun during
under an umbrella or in the may sting and burn. Instead, with blonde or red hair, the peak hours of 11 a.m. to 4
shade. Shield their skin with protect the eyes with sunglass- freckles, or many moles, are p.m., but if you must send the
hats and loose-fitting clothing. es. at greatest risk of sun dam- kids out, make sure they are
age. properly protected with sun-
Teach your children how to Swimmers should use water- screen, long sleeves, hats and
identify shade (made by trees, proof sunscreens, formulated Cloudy days are no excep- sunglasses.
buildings, porches) and urge to stay on in water for up to tion. Up to 80 per cent of the People involved in water sports are particularly vulnerable to
them to seek it out. (If your 80 minutes. sun’s rays can penetrate light For more information, consult the sun’s rays and are well advised to use sunscreen and protec-
shadow is shorter than you clouds, mist and fog. www.dermatology.ca tive clothing. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
are, it’s time to get under some Apply sunscreens liberally to
shade.) your child’s skin at least 15 to
30 minutes before going out-
When in the sun, remember to side.
protect your child with:
• comfortable long shirts and Don’t forget to apply an SPF
pants, to cover most of your 15 lip balm to your child’s
BE SUN SAFE !
child’s body (closely woven mate- lips.
rials are best)
• wide-brimmed hats Work together with your
• sunglasses (100 per cent UV child’s daycare facility to
protection, wraparounds are best) ensure ongoing sun protection
• sunscreen (SPF 30 minimum) throughout the day (for exam-
Good sun protection habits will
Sunscreens 101 keep skin healthy while involved
What are sunscreens? to protect you as much as pos-
Sunscreens are barriers that are sible. in an active,outdoor lifestyle.
applied to the skin. They work
by absorbing or reflecting the Are there sunscreens for use
sun’s UV rays away from your during sport? • When possible, wear
skin. Sunscreens come in a Yes, some sunscreens are
wide variety of forms – creams, labelled as sport products and clothing to cover the
lotions, sprays, gels and sticks – are suitable because they have
and there are many brands to been specially formulated to skin; hats too
choose from. Look for the stay on the skin during sports.
Canadian Dermatology Associ-
ation (CDA) logo on products Are there any sunscreens
• Use an SPF 30 broad
to ensure the safety and effec-
tiveness of the sunscreen. Prod-
for sensitive skin?
If you have sensitive skin, try a
ucts with the logo have been small amount of the product
specially tested. on your arm and check for any • Try to schedule
reaction up to 48 hours later.
How do I choose a People allergic or intolerant to activity before 11am
sunscreen? the chemicals in sunscreens
Look for a product with a min- should look for products or after 4pm
imum SPF of 30 to protect labelled “chemical-free.” These
against the sun’s ultraviolet B usually contain ingredients • Seek shade
(UVB), or burning, rays. The such as titanium dioxide and
product should also contain zinc oxide that reflect rather when possible
ingredients that protect against than absorb the sun’s rays and
ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, are much less likely to cause a
which penetrate more deeply reaction.
into the skin and are responsi-
For further information,
ble for premature aging and When should I put on visit www.dermatology.ca
contribute to the development sunscreen?
of skin cancer. Sunscreens that You should apply sunscreen
are labelled “broad spectrum” generously and evenly about
help protect against both. 30 minutes before sun expo-
sure to allow the active ingredi-
What is an SPF? ents to bond to your skin. A
All sunscreens are labelled second application 20 minutes
with a sun protection factor later will maximize the protec-
(SPF) number. The SPF rates tion from your sunscreen.
the filtering power of your sun- Reapply every two hours or
screen. An SPF is the ratio after swimming or sweating a
between the amount of UV lot.
that will cause sunburn in sun-
screen protected skin, com- Does a product still work
pared to that in unprotected after its expiry date?
skin. However, a cautionary Sunscreens contain chemicals
note – people often do not use that eventually break down,
enough sunscreen or reapply it compromising the effective-
often enough – so the real SPF ness of the product, so you
afforded is usually much lower, should not use a sunscreen
for example only SPF 4. Sun- after its expiry date. Also, sun-
screens should not be used to screens are often kept in hot
extend the amount of time you temperatures – in the glove
would usually spend in the sun. compartment of a car or in a
Sunscreens should be used beach bag – conditions that
with other forms of sun protec- accelerate the deterioration of
tion, such as hats and clothing, the product.