While skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, it’s also one of the most preventable. Being sun safe will help reduce skin cancer risk as well as premature aging of the skin and harm to your eyes.
The UV Index is a useful tool when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun. It tells you the strength of the sun’s daily UV rays – the higher the number, the stronger the sun’s rays and the more important it is to protect yourself. Be sure to look up the UV Index on your favourite weather app or on the local weather or news channel. On days when the UV Index reaches 3 (moderate) or more, you need to be extra careful to protect your skin. This time of year, the sun’s rays are usually at their strongest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.