Health and Community Services
July 18, 2019

Minister Haggie Encouraging Summer Sun Safety

The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, is encouraging all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to use ‘sun sense’ this summer to protect against harmful rays that could cause skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada, but it is preventable. To reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, people should avoid being in direct sunlight when ultraviolet rays (UV) are at their strongest – usually between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. It is also important for them to protect their skin even when the sun is not shining, as UV rays can penetrate clouds, fog and haze.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, there are six important tips everyone can follow to avoid skin damage caused by the sun:

  • Check the ultraviolet (UV) index daily;
  • Seek shade when and where possible;
  • Cover up;
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat;
  • Wear sunglasses; and
  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Most skin cancers are curable if caught early. People are encouraged to check their skin regularly and talk to their health care provider if they notice any changes.

“Warmer temperatures mean we are spending more time outside. Protect yourselves and those you love from sun exposure, and enjoy a healthy and active summer.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Communities Services 

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2019 07 18                              2:00 p.m.