Protecting Yourself From Skin Cancer

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One in every three new cancer cases diagnosed in Canada will be a type of skin cancer, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit.

Officials are urging you to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultra violet rays, and say just one sunburn can put you at risk.

“There is no safe amount of over-exposure to ultra violet radiation. Almost all skin cancers are caused by unnecessary UV radiation exposure, either from excessive time in the sun or the use of indoor tanning equipment,” says Public Health Nurse Sasha Girden. “There is nothing that will erase the skin cell damage, (when you get a sunburn) the skin has already been damaged.”

Girden recommends avoiding prolonged time spent outdoors between the hours of 11am-4pm. If you are outside you can protect yourself by wearing sunscreen, seeking shade and wearing appropriate clothing.

According to the MLHU, one in every seven people will be diagnosed with some type of skin cancer in their lifetime.