Once the winter season takes a turn back to return after 6 months, people feel all right to bask in the sun without the need for protection. The Sudbury & Disrtict Health Unit, however, hopes to educate people about the precautions they must take when stepping outdoors because of the dangers of UV rays that loom in summer.
To spread awareness, a free skin cancer screening has been scheduled for 5 p.m. tonight by the Canadian Dermatology Association and Sudbury & District Health Unit. A public health nurse with the Health Unit, Melanie Marttin, said that there is no such thing as a safe tan and any change in the skin's colour is symbolic of skin damage. It is recommended that even if you have a skin type that tans easily that you always take sun protective measures.
Some of these sun protective measures include wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 or higher. Experts recommend that sunscreen be applied at least 15 minutes before one goes outdoors and reapplied every two hours. The Sudbury & District Health Unit said that the northeast region sees more than a hundred new cases of melanoma each year.
The rise in the number of cases of melanoma has showed that people are not taking risk of sun exposure as well as damage as seriously as they should. A report that was released by the Canadian Cancer Society said that rates of skin cancer have increased significantly in the last two decades, especially among those who are above the age of 50 years.
Article source: CBC.CA
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