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May 29, 2003
Sun Safety Awareness Week, June 2 - 8, 2003
  
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada. According to
Canadian Cancer statistics (2000), one in seven Canadians will develop some
form of skin cancer in their lifetime. The best way to reduce the risk of skin
cancer is to reduce exposure to direct sun.

Plan to be sun safe when outside:
· reduce time in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. whenever possible
· look for shaded areas to do outdoor activities
· wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible
· wear a hat with a wide brim or with a flap to cover the back of the neck
· put on UV protective sunglasses
· use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher with UVA and UVB protection.

For more sun safety information, call the Toronto Health Connection at
416-338-7600, or visit these web sites:
Toronto Public Health: http://www.toronto.ca/health
Canadian Cancer Society: www.cancer.ca
Canadian Dermatology Association: www.dermatology.ca
Environment Canada: www.ec.gc.ca
Health Canada: www.hc-sc.gc.ca


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Toronto Public Health
416-338-7600

 

 

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