The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Health Department acknowledges National Sun Awareness Week

WHITBY, ON June 02, 2017 - Durham Region Health Department is acknowledging National Sun Awareness Week, June 5 to 11, by reminding residents of the simple actions that can keep you and your family sun safe.

“Over exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can cause harmful effects such as skin cancer, eye lesions, retinal burns, cataracts, skin damage, premature skin aging and wrinkles,” said Felicia Onwuemele, a public health nurse with the Health Department. 

According to Cancer Care Ontario, exposure to UVR from the sun and tanning equipment is the main cause of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada and rates are increasing. The Health Department recommends practicing these sun safety tips to lower your risks when enjoying outdoor activities this summer and all year round:

“Skin damage is preventable,” Ms. Onwuemele continued. “Whether you are planning a vacation or a staycation with your family this summer, remember to protect yourself and stay sun safe.” For more information on sun safety, contact Durham Health Connection Line at 905 666 6241 or 1800 841 2729 or visit

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