Don’t be afraid to bare your soul in skin season: start the conversation now!
CSPA launches new tool in recognition of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s 86th Annual Conference.
EDMONTON, AB (June 23, 2011) – Dermatologists from across Canada are meeting today to discuss research to help people with skin conditions, diseases and traumas as part of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s (CDA) 86th Annual Conference . In recognition of this conference, the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) is launching a new self-evaluation tool to help Canadians identify whether they need to see a dermatologist to discuss their skin disease, new treatments and ways they might improve their condition.
About 30 per cent of Canadians struggle with some kind of skin disease. Of these, the majority feel self-conscious, embarrassed, frustrated and unattractive because of their condition, which can lead to serious psychological repercussions and even depression. In one of the most severe skin conditions, psoriasis, 78 per cent of patients are frustrated with their treatment and 60 per cent specify that their condition is a serious problem in their daily lives.
Why are so many patients living with these frustrations? Chronic sufferers, such as those with psoriasis and eczema, often fall into a cycle of low expectations and poor adherence to prescribed treatments, not realizing the need to actively manage their condition and assert greater control over their treatment plan …