More is Better When it Comes to Sun Safety

02 June 2016

Charlottetown, PE -

More is better when it comes to sun safety
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada, and incidence rates for melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer, continue to increase. The good news is, skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. With PEI having among the highest incidence rates for the disease in the country, the Canadian Cancer Society PEI has partnered with the Maritime Fun Group again this summer to help educate and protect Island families.
The SunSense program, which reached over 10,000 people this past year, will kick- off in time for National Sun Safety Awareness Week June 6 – 12. School buses will be rolling into the Shining Waters Family Fun Park in Cavendish for end-of-year celebrations and Shining Waters staff is ready to promote “SunSense”, distribute sunscreen to teachers and teach kids about the importance of protecting their skin.  
According to The Canadian Cancer Society, the more sunburns you have in childhood, the greater the risk of melanoma later in life.   “Protecting children from the sun and teaching them sun safety measures may greatly reduce their risk of developing skin cancer in the future,” explains Society board member, Shauna Sullivan Curley.
“There will be opportunities for Islanders and visitors to support the Canadian Cancer Society PEI this summer during Fun for the Cure Days at Shining Waters Family Fun Park on July 23-24, 2016. For every online purchase, guests will save $20 off family admission and Shining Waters will donate an additional $20 to the Canadian Cancer Society PEI.” says Jelley.  Shining Waters is also extending a $20 discount on family admission valid all summer on online purchases made during the Early Bird Sale June 6-12 and they will donate $20 to Canadian Cancer Society PEI.
Recently, national health organizations across the country collaborated on a review of sun safety guidelines for Canadians and have recommended some important changes. The revised recommendations for sun safety focus on checking the UV Index, seeking shade, covering up and applying sunscreen. More information on these guidelines can be found at cancer.ca/prevention.
Updated Sun Safety Guideline for Canadians
Peak times and UV Index
Check the UV index daily.
On days when the UV Index reaches 3 (moderate) or more, you need to be extra careful to protect your skin.
Skin protection is required between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When UV Index is high, sun safety should also be practiced while under shade.
Minimum skin protection factor (SPF) of 30 is now recommended.
Clothing generally provides better protection than sunscreen.
Choose tight woven or UV-protective labelled clothing.
Lip balm
Use lip balm with SPF
Select close-fitting sunglasses in a wraparound style with full UVA/UVB protection that could have labels of “UV400” or “100% UV protection.
Vitamin D
Food and supplements as safer sources of vitamin D than UV rays.
“We are pleased to support the Canadian Cancer Society PEI and the SunSense Program.” said Matthew Jelley, President of Maritime Fun Group. “Through this partnership we hope to bring awareness about sun safety to children starting at an early age.”
About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada.
For more information, please contact:
Margaret Wilton
Annual Giving Coordinator
Canadian Cancer Society PEI
Email: mwilton@pei.cancer.ca
Office: 902-566-1713 ext 2223