Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a well-known risk factor for skin cancer.
A healthy community can promote the reduction of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure through the availability of shade structures in playgrounds, parks and at community events. Promoting awareness and education on sunscreen use and other sun protection methods is another example of supportive community environments.
Results from a study in Alberta estimate that UV radiation exposure accounts for about 82% of melanoma cases in Alberta. Excessive exposure to UV radiation can cause sunburn and over time, UV exposure accelerates skin aging and can lead to skin cancer.
Check out a few proven strategies
Explore programs, organization, tools and resources to reduce UV exposure
Canadian Cancer Society
Prevention information, resources and support
Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation
Awareness, education, prevention, personal stories, videos, research and advocacy
SunSense Program, Canadian Cancer Society
The SunSense program supports schools in creating a sun safe environment and developing a SunSense policy to protect staff and students through education and awareness of sun safe practices
Alberta Prevents Cancer
Guide to limiting UV rays
National Sun Awareness Program
Go Safe Program
Provides guidance on how to educate youth about skin cancer, sun safety, early detection and the risks of using tanning beds
The Big Burn
About skin cancer, indoor tanning and talking to youth about it
Snapshot of Skin Cancer Prevention Facts and Figures
Offers a guide for skin cancer prevention in Alberta
Build a Healthy Community
Learn about the approach to make your community a healthier place
See what other communities across Alberta have done to promote healthy living
Find tools, resources and learning opportunities to help strengthen your community.