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Forgot the sunscreen? Toronto has you covered...literally

Emily Vukovic
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Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:56 AM - We know the rules but, but we don’t always follow them. When we are outside we should always apply sunscreen.

Skin cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer in Canada and it is also one of the most preventable, according to Danielle Paterson, Executive Director of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and a representative for the Douglas Wright Foundation. Skin cancer is also one of the fastest rising cancers in the nation, she adds.

Wearing sunscreen is one of the most effective ways of protecting ourselves from the suns harmful rays and we should be putting it on daily. The good news is that if we forget to apply, and we are visiting parks along Toronto’s waterways, the City has us covered.

Following a successful pilot project last year, the City of Toronto, the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the Douglas Wright Foundation have expanded a public health program to provide free sunscreen in select parks across the Toronto waterfront this summer, the City confirmed in press release.

"Crews provided by the melanoma foundations will maintain and stock the dispensers," noted the city. "The two foundations are covering all costs, with the City providing locations and administrative support."


Last year's pilot involved placing dispensers in five parks along the downtown waterfront. The pilot won the 2017 Canadian Dermatology Association Public Education Award. 

The Health Canada-approved SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen will be available at 50 dispensers -- spanning nearly 50 kilometres from Marie Curtis Park to Rouge Beach. 

As temperatures warm up and we begin to spend more time outdoors, it is important to remember to check the UV rating -- it can help you determine the strength of the sun's UV rays at a particular time. 

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Sources: Environment Canada | The City of Toronto

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