Skin Health

Skin Health

Skin cancer is almost completely preventable, yet it is the most common of all cancers in Canada and rates are increasing

 Risks of Exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation  (UVR):

Take Action

  • Limit time spent in the sun when the UV index is three or greater
  • Seek shade when outdoors
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face and neck
  • Wear loose fitting, tightly woven clothing to cover exposed skin
  • Wear UVA and UVB protective sunglasses
  • Prior to sun exposure, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (SPF 30 or higher when outdoors for a longer time). Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Risk Factors

  • Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR)
  • Indoor tanning
  • Having light-coloured or freckled skin
  • Had blistering sunburns as a child or adolescent
  • Taking medication making them more sensitive to UVR
  • Having lots of moles, particularly atypical moles
  • Having a family history of malignant melanoma

Everyone, regardless of skin type, is at risk.