Keep your child sun safe this summer. Ultraviolet (UV) exposure and sunburns are major contributors to skin cancer. Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers account for more diagnoses than lung, breast, and prostate cancer combined. There are many things that you can do protect your child’s skin, and your own, this summer.
First, have your child wear broad-brimmed hats or use sun umbrellas, and try to stay in the shade to avoid direct sun, especially in the middle of the day. Second, dress your child in light, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts or long pants to protect their skin. Third, remember to apply sunscreen liberally and often!
Exposure to UV radiation is the biggest risk factor for the development of skin cancer. We now know that UVA (the rays that cause aging) also cause cancer, not just UVB (the rays that cause sunburns). Some people worry about not getting enough vitamin D if they wear sunscreen or avoid the sun, but dermatologists say that Ontarians should gain vitamin D through food (like salmon, eggs, milk, or orange juice) or taking supplements – not from exposure to UV rays.
Ontario’s doctors want to remind people about the importance of protecting your skin. Since sunscreen information can be confusing, a downloadable fact-sheet about sunscreen protection and SPF is available by clicking the link below. Whether you’re taking your family for a hike or spending the day at the beach, sunscreen is a crucial part of every family’s sun protection plan.