"One bad sunburn before the age of 18 doubles your chance of getting melanoma"

Tanning

The Dangers of Tanning

There is no such thing as a safe tan. Tanned skin is damaged skin.

Tanning can cause:

Find out what is behind a burn.

Thanks Niagara

Thank you to all the local teens who signed a postcard supporting the Teens Opposed to Artificial Skin Tanning campaign. With your help, we were able to collect over 2500 postcards which were presented at Queen's Park by MPP Cindy Forster in support of Bill 30.

Bill 30, which bans advertising and selling tanning services to youth under 18, has now been passed. We hope this important legislation will help decrease skin cancer rates throughout Ontario.


Breaking Myths

Myth: Tans are healthy.
Fact: Your skin is damaged whenever it changes colour because of ultraviolet radiation.

Myth: "Base tans" protect me from the sun.
Fact: Tans offer little to no protection against the sun's radiation, whether it be from a tanning bed or the sun.

Myth: Tanning beds are a better alternative to get vitamin D.
Fact: Using tanning bed equipment is a dangerous way to obtain vitamin D.

Myth: Tanning can prevent some forms of cancer.
Fact: Actually, tanning exposes your skin to UV radiation. If you're exposed too much, skin cancer can develop.

One bad sunburn before the age of 18 doubles your chance of getting melanoma.

UVA Rays vs. UVB Rays

Ultraviolet-A rays are known as your Aging or tanning rays.

Ultraviolet-B rays are known as your Burning or reddening rays.

Both have bad effects so it is important to protect yourself.

Sun Safety

We often forget that the sun emits very dangerous radiation that affects us. Increased exposure can cause melanoma, a type of skin cancer that affects youth.

What is SPF? Why Use Sunscreen?

SPF is Sun Protection Factor, and measures how well something protects you against sunburn. The higher the SPF, the better it is at protecting you from the sun.

SPF protection:

Anytime you are outside, try to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.