The results from a national survey reveal that almost half of Canadians are at risk of skin cancer.
The survey found 41 per cent don’t pay attention to the UV index, which measures the strength of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. “Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is on the rise in Canada. About 90% of melanoma cancer cases are due to UV exposure from the sun or tanning beds,” says Robert Nuttall, Assistant Director, Health Policy, Canadian Cancer Society.
“Canadians need to know how to protect their skin by checking the UV index daily, covering up, wearing sunscreen and using safer sources of vitamin D,” Nuttall says.
The UV index ranges from zero to 11-plus. When the index is three or higher, skin should be protected.