"IN DEFENCE OF SKIN" The Vancouver Sun - Featuring Dr. Harvey Lui, investigator Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and professor and head of the division of dermatology at UBC .....

"IN DEFENCE OF SKIN"
The Vancouver Sun
Sat 08 May 2004
Page: C1 / Front
Byline: Yvonne Zacharias

Featuring Dr. Harvey Lui, investigator Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
and professor and head of the division of dermatology at UBC

The sun is Enemy No. 1 to your skin. It predisposes you to skin cancer and makes your skin look old, says Dr. Harvey Lui. He is a professor and head of the division of dermatology at UBC, which has the largest research program for skin in Canada. He is also a medical researcher with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

Lui admits it is not healthy or practical to tell people to stay indoors and out of the sun all the time. Instead, he advises people to stay out of the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and, when outside, to wear broad-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and to wear sunscreen with a protection factor of around 30.

"What the typical North American family does is buy one or two bottles [of sun screen] and expect it to last the whole season for the whole family. If used the way it is supposed to be used, each person should go through a few bottles themselves," Lui says.

WE LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND WHAT DO WE SEE?
The Vancouver Sun
Sat 08 May 2004
Page: C2

Dr. Haishan Zeng, a biophysicist at the B.C. Cancer Agency, in collaboration with Dr. Harvey Lui, head of dermatology at UBC, will be testing the promising new device as a way of diagnosing skin cancer without the need for painful biopsies or surgery.

The Ramen spectometer measures the degree to which biological tissues scatter light. It allows doctors to obtain a tissue analysis in less than one second.

The incidence of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is increasing and it is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada. In 2004, an estimated 4,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with malignant melanoma and 850 will die from the disease.

Lisa Carver
Communications Specialist; Communications and Public Affairs
Vancouver Coastal Health/Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
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