Dr. Barry Lycka
History and Future
The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation was founded in 2002 by one of North America’s foremost authorities on skin cancer surgery, Dr. Barry Lycka. Dr. Lycka believes that skin cancers could be virtually eliminated if people were aware of the dangers of overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays and educated about how they could safely enjoy the outdoors.
Dr. Lycka soon recruited others to the Foundation as board members and program volunteers. By 2010, the CSCF was distributing over 7,000 free sunscreen samples along with educational sun safety information to outdoor enthusiasts across Edmonton each summer; conducting four annual University of Alberta campus campaigns and presenting sun-safety information to 3,000 to 4,000 elementary, junior high and high school students annually across the city.
In the winter of 2010, the CSCF created a comprehensive Strategic Plan to move the Foundation beyond Edmonton, into the rest of Alberta and across Canada. The primary goals of the Plan are:
The Foundation is currently working with contractors Hilliard Gordon Communications and BaseCorp Learning Group to implement national programs for both education and awareness. We are also working closely with provincial groups to legislate a ban on the use of tanning beds for youth under the age of 18 as well as other skin cancer organizations to ensure appropriate treatments are available to skin cancer patients across the country.