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Arrow BulletFacts about Skin Cancer

Did You Know?

  • Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.and it's preventable
  • In the Region of Peel 30% of males and 28% of females report being sunburned in the past 12 months
  • Sunburn and sun exposure before the age of 20 increases your risk of skin cancer later on in life
  • The UV exposure from sun lamps and tanning beds are as harmful as UV rays from the sun.
  • 1 in 7 children born today will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • Skin cancer starts in the cells of the skin.
  • Young children, youth and outside workers are the most vulnerable to UV radiation.
  • People who have fair skin, blonde or red hair, and blue, green, or grey eyes are at greater risk for sun damage.
  • People who tan regularly are at greater risk for sun damage.
  • Cloudy days don't protect you. You can be burned from UV rays reflecting off of clouds.
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