Sun Safety

Whether we are exercising, playing, or working outside, we all enjoy spending time outdoors. We need to remember that too much sun exposure can lead to health concerns.

Sunlight

It’s important to recognize that although sunlight is necessary, we need to take measures to protect ourselves and our family from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UVR). This will prevent short and long-term effects of overexposure to the sun. 

Overexposure

Short-term effects of overexposure include sunburns and precancerous skin growths. Long-term effects of overexposure happen when your skin is repeatedly exposed to the sun and the damage builds up over time. This can lead to cataracts in the eyes, skin wrinkling, and skin cancer (melanoma or non-melanoma). Years may go by before the effects of sun damage become visible.

Learn more about the most severe form of skin cancer called melanoma in this YouTube video.

Visit the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Dermatology Association websites for more information on sun safety.

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