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Sun Safety

Sun Safety

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada and also one of the most preventable. Being sun safe is an important way to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

The health unit works to help reduce the risk of skin cancer by supporting sun safety in our communities.


  • Provide reliable information to the public about sun safety.
  • Support community partners who are interested in developing sun safety and shade policies.

What Matters to Your Health

Here are some key facts about skin cancer:

  • Sources of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) are the sun and UVR-emitting devices e.g. tanning beds. UVR causes skin cancer and other forms of skin damage (e.g. wrinkling and photoaging of the skin) and causes harm to the eyes.
  • The incidence rates for melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer, continue to increase in Canada.
  • UVR that is harmful to the skin is primarily present in the sun’s rays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. between April and September in Canada. UVR that is harmful to the eyes is present in the sun’s rays all year round and throughout the day. In both cases, UVR can be harmful, even when it’s cloudy.

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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