The City of Toronto, the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation have partnered on a pilot project to offer free sunscreen at several Toronto parks beginning in August 2017.
- Be Sun Safe sunscreen is SPF 30, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB, PABA free, paraben free and mineral-based
- Apply sunscreen every two hours
- Reapply after swimming or sweating
- No sunscreen provides 100% protection
- Use sunscreen with other sun protection measures such as limiting time in the sun, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and a hat, and wearing sunglasses
- Sunscreen may be used on babies over six months
- Do not use without checking with your doctor if you have ever had a reaction to sunscreen
Protect Your Skin
Time of Day
If you can, limit time in the sun when the UV (ultraviolet) index is 3 or higher, usually between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Seek shade or make shade by using an umbrella, a UV protective tent or pop-up shade shelter. Keep babies younger than 1 year of age out of direct sunlight.
Wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible or UV-protective clothing. Wear a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap with flaps that cover the head, neck and ears.
Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labelled "broad spectrum" and "water resistant". Reapply when needed (especially after swimming, sweating, or towelling). Use a sunscreen lip balm. Sunscreen may be used on babies over six months of age; avoid the mouth and eye areas. Read more about sunscreen.
Wear close fitting/wrap-around sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection. Children's and babies' sunglasses should be unbreakable.
Things to Avoid
- Getting a tan or sunburn
- Exposing yourself to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs. Use food or supplements instead
Get the Facts
- PROTECTING YOUR SKIN IN THE SUN IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER.
- SKIN CANCER IS THE MOST COMMON CANCER IN CANADA.
- MELANOMA, THE DEADLIEST SKIN CANCER, IS INCREASING.
- MELANOMA IS THE 4TH MOST COMMON CANCER FOR YOUTH AGED 15-29.
- 5 OR MORE SUNBURNS IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE DOUBLES THE RISK OF MELANOMA.
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