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New sun safety recommendations for Canadians
June 6 to 10 is National Sun Awareness Week, and together with partners across the country, Cancer Care Ontario has released new sun safety recommendations to help Canadians reduce their risk of skin cancer and minimize harmful exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Twenty-eight national and provincial organizations participated in a consensus process to update national public education messages for skin cancer prevention and eye health protection, including Cancer Care Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Dermatology Association.
Key sun safety recommendations:
1. Protect your skin:  When the UV Index is three or higher, generally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. between April and September, even when it’s cloudy, protect your skin as much as possible by:
  • Seeking or making shade
  • Wearing clothes and a hate with a wide brim, preferring clothes to sunscreen
  • Using plenty of sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher, water resistant and broad spectrum on skin not covered by clothing
  • Don’t seek to tan, from the sun or from tanning beds, and avoid sunburns.
2. Protect your eyes:  Wear sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses with UV-protective lenses and a hate with a wide brim.  The sun’s rays can be harmful to the eyes all year round and throughout the day, even when it’s cloudy.  Eye protection is required around highly reflective environments, such as snow, sand and water.
For more information, please click here to read a full copy of the Cancer Care Ontario’s news release on their website.
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