60% of high-priority research goes unfunded.
Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones and muscles, especially in children and the elderly. There is also evidence that vitamin D may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, particularly colorectal and breast cancers. Your skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, but you don’t need a tan to get benefits from the sun.
The amount of sun exposure needed to produce enough vitamin D depends on:
- skin colour
- where you live
- how strong the sun is
For most people, just a few minutes out in the sun – the short, casual exposure you get while going about daily life – will be enough. Even with the benefits of vitamin D, we recommend that you still practice SunSense.
Getting your vitamin D from your diet (many foods are fortified with vitamin D) or by taking vitamin supplements is safer than UV-ray exposure.
Even though we are high school students, we were able to raise so much money for the Canadian Cancer Society. It just goes to show what can happen when a small group of people come together for a great cause.
What’s the lifetime risk of getting cancer?
The latest Canadian Cancer Statistics report shows about half of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.