The sun is getting warmer, finally! It’s also getting stronger and the risk of skin cancer and bad skin conditions increases.
The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) recently published some tips for keeping your skin safe and healthy this summer. “Probably more than ever, we all will be craving the outdoors to enjoy the summer weather of 2021. Nonetheless, it will remain our obligation to remind everyone and everybody, regardless of skin colour, to be sun safe,” says Dr. Jason K Rivers, president of the CDA.
Skin cancer (melanoma) is one of the fastest growing cancers in the world and it is one type of cancer that can be prevented. When the UV Index is 3 or higher, protect your skin as much as possible. In general, the UV Index in Canada can reach 3 or higher from 11am to 3pm between April and September, even when cloudy.
- Seek shade between 11am to 3pm.
- Wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-protected sunglasses.
- Use SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen.1Apply sunscreen generously and reapply when required.
- Don’t use UV tanning equipment or purposely try to get a suntan; avoid getting a sunburn.
- Early detection is key. Everyone should regularly perform a skin evaluation and see a certified dermatologist if you spot something suspicious.
Get out there as much as you can, but be sun safe for yourself and your family!
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