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May 27, 2004
Sun safety precautions advised
During Sun Safety Awareness Week, May 31 - June 6, Toronto Public Health is
reminding residents to take precautions while outdoors.

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada with an estimated
75,000 new cases reported in 2002. The best way to reduce the risk of skin
cancer is to reduce exposure to direct sun.

Remember the following basic tips for sun safety:
· reduce time in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
· look for shaded areas during 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
· wear UV protective sunglasses
· use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, with UVA and UVB protection.

For more sun safety information, call Toronto Health Connection at
416-338-7600, or visit these Web sites:
Toronto Public Health:
Canadian Cancer Society:
Canadian Dermatology Association:
Environment Canada:
Health Canada:

Media contact:
Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974



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