This weeks weather is calling for SUNSHINE and more SUNSHINE after Tuesday and we want to make sure you are aware and protected from the Sun's rays. Here is a news article from The Cancer Society with some important tips:
Written by Francesca Arnold on Tuesday, 05 August 2014
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Saskatchewan. That is why it is important that we take the necessary precautions when it comes to skin safety during the hot summer months.
Brett Estey, Cancer Control Coordinator for The Canadian Cancer Society says that taking the extra steps to protect yourself and your family before you head out is very important, and that we don't have to avoid the sun or stay inside to be sun smart.
"Trying to avoid activities between the times of 11 and 4, that is when the sun is at it's strongest. Also trying to find shade, this is another good option in terms of protecting yourself," explains Estey. Sunscreen selection is also a huge component of sun safety.
"First of all, you want to look for something with at least an SPF 30, 30 will give you about 97% protection. You want to give yourself a good application, and also to reapply about every two hours," says Estey.
Estey says it's also important to remember that sunscreen alone won't do the job. Applying sunscreen in combination with wearing hats, long-sleeved shirts and sunglasses will be our best defense against sun damage.
But what if you still end up with a sunburn? Estey has a few tips to help alleviate the pain and stop any further damage caused by a sunburn, saying that the first step is to drink a lot of water, because your body will potentially be dehydrated, caring for your skin with lotions to help stop any pain or damage, and lastly take a lesson from the sunburn and always take precautions to keep your skin safe while spending time outdoors.
Also drink lots of water and stay in the shade if you can.