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Evidence for the adverse effect of exposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) without sufficient protection is well established for skin cancer. UVR is also known to cause harm to the eyes. The first and second National Sun Surveys showed that between 1996 and 2006, Canadians generally increased their time in the sun without improving protective behaviours.
Stakeholder consensus on sun safety information for public education was undertaken to increase message consistency across Canada. Representatives from 28 national and provincial organizations with roles in promoting sun safety participated in a consensus process to update the content of the 1994 national public education messages for skin cancer prevention and eye health protection. The recommended core content helps organizations with a role in promoting sun safety to form a common understanding of what is needed for effective sun protection. This presentation describes the updated recommended core content for sun safety messages in Canada and the process to develop them.
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Presenters: Dr. Loraine D. Marrett and Maria Chu
Dr. Loraine D. Marrett is a Senior Scientist in Prevention & Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario, and Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has held appointments at these two institutions since 1982, filling a variety of roles over this time.
Most of Dr. Marrett’s current work concerns surveillance of cancer and cancer risk factors in Ontario’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations, as well as research on the relationship between exposure to ultraviolet radiation (solar and non-solar), and skin cancer, particularly focusing on enhancing prevention.
She has led the production of a number of reports and monographs, has authored or co-authored well over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and held numerous research grants.
Maria Chu is a Senior Policy Specialist in the Population Health and Prevention Unit at Cancer Care Ontario. She served as the secretariat lead to the 2014-15 National Steering Committee for Consensus on Content for Sun Safety Messages. In her work at Cancer Care Ontario, she has a focus on knowledge synthesis to support system-level cancer prevention activities, including coordinated public education and prevention system quality monitoring. She completed a Master of Information Studies degree at the University of Toronto.
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