December 3, 2012 – Did you know that ultraviolet (UV) rays that reflect off the snow and ice can be up to eight times stronger than when they reflect off the wet sand and water in the summer?
When the sky turns grey and the weather gets really cold we don't think of using protection against UV rays but the truth is that regardless of the colour of the sky your skin and eyes are very vulnerable. UV rays have the power to penetrate clouds, fog, and rain and while you cannot feel the sun's rays on your skin – they can still burn your skin.
In the past thirty years, the cases of melanoma have tripled and recent statistics project that this year another 5,800 people will be diagnosed with melanoma and out of those 970 will die of the disease.
The Melanoma Society of Canada recommends that you cover up your skin and eyes in the fall and winter. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 and lip balm with a minimum SPF of 30, and remember to reapply if you are active outdoors. Wearing good sunglasses will block 100% UVA and UVB radiation.
- Regardless of sex, age or race, melanoma can affect anyone
- Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer
- Melanoma is a preventable disease
- 90% of skin diseases can be cured if detected early enough
- One person dies every hour from melanoma in Canada
For more information, please click on www.melaonomanetwork.ca
To learn more about detecting signs of melanoma please click on www.skincheck.ca
Protect your family and apply sunscreen year round.