October 23,

Sun Safety

Sun Safety

The health risks and the development of skin cancers  from overexposure to the sun (UV Radiation) are largely preventable.

Using a combination of five steps you can protect yourself against sun damage.

  1. Cover up. Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  2. Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen – make sure it is broad spectrum and water resistant. Reapply when needed (especially after swimming, sweating or toweling). Use a sunscreen lip balm.
  3. Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella, a UV protective tent or pop-up shade shelter.
  4. Slide on some sunglasses – Wear close fitting wrap around glasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection.
  5. Time of Day: Limit time in the sun when the UV index is 3 or higher, usually between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Questions about sunscreen? Check out this interview with Dr. Cheryl Rosen, Dermatologist

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/sunscreen-questions-dr-cheryl-rosen-dermatologist-1.4144542

New Family Rule video encourages parents and families to make sun protection a priority since sun exposure in childhood is a significant risk factor for melanoma. In #newfamilyrule, we talk candidly with real kids about family rules and who makes them. When it’s revealed that protecting their skin in the sun is not top of mind, we urge parents to make sun protection their #newfamilyrule.

Check out the “NEW FAMILY RULE” video

Last modified on Jun 26, 2017