Help save lives this holiday season
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.
Support from someone who has ‘been there’
The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program is a telephone support service that matches cancer patients and their caregivers with specially trained volunteers.