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Ultra violet (UV) protection

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Canada. The sun is the main cause of skin cancer. Getting a tan from sun beds can result in skin damage as well. There is no safe way to tan. (Canadian Cancer Society- Sun & UV)


The good news is that most skin cancers can be prevented. People who are more at risk are those who have fair to light skin colour, a family history of skin cancer and a history of sunburns. (Canadian Cancer Society- Sun & UV)
However, anyone can be at risk for skin cancer. The more time spent in the sun, the more damage to the skin. This can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. A tan is a sign of skin damage. (Canadian Cancer Society- Sun & UV) (Canadian Dermatology Association – Recommended Sun Protective Actions)

Additional resources:

Sun and UV (Canadian Cancer Society)
Prevention (Cancer Care Ontario)
Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure (Cancer Care Ontario)
Sun & Skin Cancer Prevention (BC Cancer Agency)
Canadian Dermatology Association - Skin Cancer Health

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