Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, but yet its rates continue to grow. Overexposure to ultraviolent (UV) rays from the sun, tanning beds or sun lamps can cause skin cancer, including melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of the disease.
The Prevention Department is a member of Sun Smart Saskatchewan, which is a coalition of partners committed to the prevention of skin cancer. “Life is better outside,” and there are simple steps people can take so that they can have fun in the sun all year round. Remember no tan is a safe tan.
How to be safe in the sun
- Limit your time spent in direct sun between 11:00 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Seek out shade or make your own with umbrellas, awnings or other covers
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat that protects your face, neck and ears
- Use sunglasses that block both UVA and ultraviolet –B rays (UVB). It’s import to remember to protect your eyes even in the winter months
- Apply sunscreen and a lip balm with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30. Use more than you think (a full teaspoon for your face and two tablespoons for the rest of your body if your limbs are exposed) and remember to reapply when spending time in the water or when sweating from physical activity.