#BeSunSafe

A partnership to reduce Canadians’ risk of skin cancer.

#BeSunSafe Team

Since 2017, the City of Toronto, the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation have implemented #BeSunSafe, an award-winning skin cancer prevention program.

The #BeSunSafe team is thrilled to welcome Shoppers Drug Mart as our new partner in 2020!

#BeSunSafe CampTO 2020

The #BeSunSafe team is proudly donating 100 #BeSunSafe Canopy Tents to the City of Toronto’s 2020 day camp - CampTO.

Sun damage is permanent, so protecting Toronto’s youth is an important priority for the #BeSunSafe Team.

#BeSunSafe Canopy Tents will provide shade to thousands of CampTO campers and staff in 100 locations across Toronto.

#BeSunSafe Parks 2017-2019

In the summers of 2017, 2018 and 2019, the #BeSunSafe team installed sunscreen dispensers in select Toronto city parks

This award-winning program provided sunscreen to close to 250,000 Torontonians and raised significant skin cancer prevention awareness across Canada.

We look forward to implementing sunscreen dispensers again in 2021.

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Ingredients

Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen

Active Ingredients
  • 6% Titanium Dioxide, 6% Zinc Oxide
Inactive Ingredients
  • Butyroospermum Parkii (shea butter) moisturizer
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf (green tea)
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Lecithin
  • Octyl Palmitate Emollient (palm oil)
  • Penoxythanol, Polysorbate-20
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba)
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E)
  • Xanthan Gum
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Six Things to Know About Sunscreen

  1. 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.
  2. Sunscreen is safe to use
    • Health Canada regulates the safety, effectiveness, and quality of sunscreens in Canada. No published studies have shown that sunscreen is toxic to humans or hazardous to human health. Sunscreen may be used on babies over six months; avoid the mouth and eye areas.
  3. Apply sunscreen on skin that is not covered by clothes or a hat
    • Don’t forget your face, neck, ears, and the back of your hands and feet. Use sunscreen lip balm to protect your lips.
  4. Read the label and try it out
    • Choose a sunscreen that is labelled SPF 30 or higher, “broad spectrum” (UVA and UVB protection), and “water resistant”. Use a sunscreen that you like and find easy to use.
  5. Remember to use sunscreen
    • Use sunscreen when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest, such as when the UV Index is 3 or higher, usually from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Apply sunscreen before other skin products. Re-apply sunscreen regularly, especially after sweating, swimming, or towelling.
  6. Are you wearing enough sunscreen?
    • Most adults need 2 to 3 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover their body; 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to cover their face and neck.

Things to Avoid

  • Getting a tan or a sunburn.
  • Exposing yourself to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs.
  • Use food or supplements instead.

For more information visit: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-programs-advice/cancer-prevention-and-screening/

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.

Shade

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.

Cover Up

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.

Sunscreen

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.

Sunglasses

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

Check it Out

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Does your workplace have an annual United Way campaign? Is supporting #melanoma prevention and research important to you? Designate your United Way gift to the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund to save lives from melanoma!

Only Mohs surgeon in Nova Scotia is 'ready to go' within weeks and expects to treat at least 1,000 patients a year. #skincancer https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/facial-skin-cancer-patients-thrilled-to-get-world-class-surgery-in-n-s-1.5737888

"Incidence of skin cancer is rising fast as dermatologists struggle to keep up. New technology offers a helping hand, but whether telemedicine is the way forward is up for debate." #melanoma #skincancer https://www.raconteur.net/healthcare/telemedicine-skin-diagnosis

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