University of Alberta Pharmacy student Courtney Link presented to students at Our Lady of the Rosary School about the importance of sun safety on Friday

University of Alberta Pharmacy student Courtney Link presented to students at Our Lady of the Rosary School about the importance of sun safety on Friday

Our Lady of the Rosary students learn about sun safety

It is important because prolonged exposure to the sun could eventually lead to skin cancer.

  • Jun. 30, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Don’t let a day at the lake leave you fried.

On Friday, June 24 University of Alberta pharmacy student and local employee for the pharmacy at Shoppers Drug Mart, Courtney Link, presented to young students from Our Lady of the Rosary School about the importance of protecting their skin against the damaging affects of sunburns.

This information, which also applies to anyone enjoying the summer sun in Sylvan Lake, is important because prolonged exposure to the sun could eventually lead to skin cancer.

Link stresses it is important for students to learn sun protection at a young age “just so they know right away because they could prevent many things like sun burns and eventually skin cancer. It’s just so they can protect themselves.”

She added that the program is an initiative by the University to spread awareness to communities about skin care.

According to skincancer.org, the best methods to protect yourself from the sun are

by seeking the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

avoiding burning

avoid tanning and UV tanning beds

using clothing that covers your skin

Using sunscreen

Keeping newborns out the sun

The guidelines also stressed that you should regularly check your skin from head to toe and see a physician every year regarding skin care.

Link added that “everyone needs to protect themselves from the sun.”

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