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News Release

Be safe in the sun this National Sun Awareness Week, June 1 to 7

WHITBY, ON May 25, 2015 – Durham Region Health Department will celebrate National Sun Awareness Week, June 1 to 7, by reminding area residents to take measures to be sun safe this summer and all year round.

“Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays in as little as 15 minutes,” explained Felicia Onwuemele, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “Taking the necessary measures to protect yourself, can reduce your risk of sunburn, premature aging, eye damage and skin cancer.”   

According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, accounting for nearly one third of all newly diagnosed cancers.

The Health Department recommends practising these sun safety tips to lower your risks when enjoying outdoor activities this summer and all year round:

  • Reduce your time in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Cover up and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Find shade, or bring your own umbrella or canopy.
  • Use lip balm and a broad-spectrum waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before outdoor activities; reapply at least every two hours and more often following water activity.
  • Check the UV index reading before participating in outdoor activities.
  • Avoid the use of tanning equipment.

See additional tips on sun safety, or call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

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For more information, please contact Health Department.