Approximately 40% of all cancers diagnosed in Canada may be preventable. It is possible to lower cancer risk through proper health optimization and early screening. The Integrated Health Clinic has doctors who are highly trained in both cancer prevention and screening and we encourage you to book in for a consultation to discuss this matter. As we are heading into the warmer months, be aware that sun exposure is a well known modifiable risk factor for skin cancers including melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. DNA damage from sun begins early in life. As such protective behaviours early in life will provide the greatest benefit. This summer ensure to remember the following when it comes to protecting your and your children’s skin:
Do not burn.
Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds.
Applysunscreen to sun exposed regions (Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen is one of the most coral friendly sunscreens available)
Wear protective clothing such as wide brimmed hats, sun glasses, light weight long sleeved shirts and pants.
Seek shade between 10:00 AM-4:00 pm when UV rays are the strongest.
Use extra caution near water or sand which reflect damaging rays of the sun.
Check the UV index before you head out to give you a sense of what the risk of burning is.
Get your vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin D supplementation and do not rely on the sun for vitamin.
Dr. Erin Rurak ND