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Protecting your skin against cancer: must-read tips for summer

Discover how you can keep your skin healthy and radiant this summer and beyond.

Now that the cold days of spring are thankfully behind us, many of us will be eager to spend more time outdoors.

However, with increased exposure to the sun comes an increased risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Each year, skin cancer affects more than 80,000 Canadians. In 2022, it is estimated that 9,000 Canadians were diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer according to online health-care platform Care to Know.


What's more, Ultraviolet or UV radiation is known to be the culprit in 85% of skin cancer cases. It can also lead to wrinkles, which are often unwelcome though not dangerous. Fortunately, there are a number of ways we can keep our skin looking healthy while also keeping dangerous UV rays at bay to lower your risk of cancer.

With sunshine on the horizon, read on to learn some tips and advice on how to protect your skin and maintain its health, so you can enjoy the warm weather with peace of mind. 


High SPFs and proper application are key to protecting your skin

When protecting your family from harmful UV rays, sun protection factor, known as SPF, is an important consideration. Whether using physical sunscreens that lay on the surface of the skin or chemical sunscreens that penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, a higher SPF will provide more protection.

While many of us understand the importance of using a sunscreen, studies show most people don’t apply enough sunscreen with a high SPF and in fact are getting only half of what we actually need.

It’s also recommended that to be protective, sunscreens need to be applied every two to three hours, and if you’re swimming or sweating, more frequently than that.

Tips to protect yourself from skin cancers, wrinkles, and premature aging:

  • Use a sunscreen every day in winter or summer, rain, or shine, indoors or outdoors as UVA rays can penetrate clouds and glass windows, damaging our skin and causing early aging.
  • Apply sunscreen to your hands and neck.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers your neck and ears.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.
  • Stay in the shade and limit exposure to the sun between 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Avoid using tanning beds. Early exposure to tanning beds can increase a person’s chance of developing melanoma by up to 75 per cent.
  • Incorporate a good skincare routine into your day using high-quality sunscreens, exfoliants and antioxidants to keep skin bright and youthful.

By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can enjoy the sunshine and keep your skin healthy and cancer-free for years to come.