It's that time of year again, when Health Unit staff are encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors without increasing their risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin cancer strikes one in every seven Canadians. According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, this year an all-time high of more than 80,000 Canadians are expected to develop skin cancer. The damages that result in skin cancer begin very early in childhood.
The good news is that skin cancer is almost completely preventable. The best way to reduce the risk is to follow the advice of the health experts who have provided us with the following guidelines.
Minimize sun exposure. Practice sun protection behaviours when you are outdoors between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Remember that there is no such thing as a "healthy" than. Tanning parlours and sun lamps are not a safe way to tan.
Cover up. Wear a hat and clothing to cover your arms and legs. Wear sunglasses that absorb "UV" or ultraviolet radiation.
Use sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that has both UVA and UVB protection.
Babies need extra protection from the sun. Keep babies under one year of age out of direct sunlight. Keep a baby under a tree, an umbrella or a stroller canopy. Do not use sunscreens on a baby under 6 months of age. A baby will absorb more of the product through the skin than an older child.
The Community Health Services is available to assist in the development of sun safety policies and procedures for events, groups and organizations. For more information call Marnie Garrett at 519 344-2062, ext. 2813.
Hotline number for Environment Canada Weather Information Service and UV index for Sarnia Lambton is 519 464-5121
For further information please check the Health Canada's Safe Summer Fun at this link.
Other health related sites may be reached at the following links:
This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:58 AM
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