Thursday, September 18, 2014
Make sure you're sun safe this summer!
The sun is shining, summer is just around the corner, what better time to brush up on your sun safety awareness!
Skin cancer rates are on the rise in BC – it is estimated that in 2014, 970 British Columbians will be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, and 140 people will die of it – and overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays (UVR) is the main cause.
Other skin cancer risk factors include a family history of skin cancer, pigmentary characteristics (fair skin, hair and eye colour), and moles.
But there is good news. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. You can reduce your risk of risk cancer by:
- Planning outdoor activities before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m., when the sun is not at its strongest, or any time of the day when the UV Index is 3 or less
- Using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and applying to all parts of the body that are not covered by clothing
- Seeking shade
- And, not using indoor tanning beds
For more sun safety tips visit Suntips.ca, or for more information on skin cancer go to the BC Cancer Agency’s website http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/PPI/TypesofCancer/default.htm
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