Save Your Skin Foundation’s education and awareness work focuses on three main areas:
Public engagement resources, initiatives and events
Roundtable Discussion Forums
Sharing of Learnings ie. website, social media, event reports
We strive to bring awareness to the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection through a number of different initiatives.
Our team works tirelessly to implement our education and awareness strategy through a multitude of initiatives and projects, including:
Maintaining up-to-date and reliable website content
- Celebrating Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month every month of May
Hosting patient, caregiver and physician roundtables
Publishing monthly newsletters
Hosting educational webinars
Working on sun safety through environmental design in partnership with Canadian municipalities
Training hair professionals to detect potential skin cancers through the Sty-Lives initiative
- Publishing brochures, pamphlets, booklets and other educational resources
Launched in December 2021, Styling Hair & Saving Lives (Sty-Lives) aims to empower and educate hairstylists and barbers to detect suspicious skin lesions on the ears, face and scalp of their clients. Participating salons and barbershops are provided with training materials and resources and are taught how to detect suspicious spots. The purpose of the project is to help facilitate communication between the client and their healthcare provider, leading to earlier detection of potentially dangerous skin cancers.
Sunscreen Dispenser Initiative
Save Your Skin Foundation partnered with medical student siblings Samuel and Karen Farag, and the municipalities of Summerside, PEI, Riverview, NB, New Westminster, BC, and Brooks, AB – as well as BC Cancer – to launch 10 dispensers in early August 2022.
The dispensers are automatic and touchless, and provide free, Health Canada approved SPF 30 sunscreen for anyone who needs it. The sunscreen is zinc oxide based, free from chemical sunscreen filters, common allergens and toxic ingredients including oxybenzone, avobenzone, retinyl palminate, PEG, parfume, and sodium lauryl sulphate.
Save your Skin Foundation webinars are a great way to stay updated by listening to patients, survivors, doctors, and pharmaceutical company executives discuss the melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, and ocular melanoma landscape. Each Webinar features a variety of experts and discusses a different topic. All our webinars are recorded an available to watch on our YouTube channel.