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New Resource--Insight on Cancer: Sun Exposure and Protective Behaviors in Ontario

We are pleased to release this new report that has been developed by Cancer Care Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division) and the Ontario Sun Safety Working Group.
This report will be particularly useful for those developing public policies and initiatives directed at reducing the incidence of skin cancer and other harmful effects associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR).  The report includes:

  • The Ontario results of the Second National Sun Survey,
  • A summary of key at-risk groups and behaviours in Ontario, based on these results, and  
  • Recommendations for a comprehensive action plan to reduce UVR exposure in Ontarians, developed by the Ontario Sun Safety Working Group.

During the decade from 1996 to 2006, Ontarians increased their exposure to UVR without increasing actions to protect themselves from its potential harmful effects.

  • Children aged 6 – 12 spend the most time in the sun of any age group (compared to younger children and those aged 16+) and often are not protected from the sun.
  • Young males aged 16 to 24 have high sun exposure and are the least likely to protect themselves from the sun.
  • Outdoor workers spend more time in the sun than any other adults.
  • About one quarter of young women (16-24 years of age) in Ontario use tanning equipment.

The Ontario Sun Safety Working Group ( is a partnership of individuals and organizations working together to reduce the impact of solar and artificial ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  We would be pleased to discuss the report findings and recommendations with you.

A shorter 4-page summary of the Ontario report, including highlights and the recommendations, is also available as a PDF file from Jan 18 final.pdf.