With sun exposure being ubiquitous and skin cancers being the most common cancer in Canada, sun safety is an often under-appreciated public health issue. Outdoor workers regularly receive very high sun exposures on the job, often many times greater than the exposure limit and many indoor workers receive high recreational sun exposures. Additionally,with sun exposure during childhood a key risk factor for developing skin cancer later in life, sun safety is an issue that impacts both workers and the community. A recent Cancer Care Ontario/Public Health Ontario report identified solar UV radiation as the leading environmental carcinogen for Ontario, with reports from many international agencies highlighting the need to improve skin cancer prevention efforts. This presentation will discuss current evidence for the role of solar UV radiation in skin cancer development, and will provide an overview of interventions and policy initiatives for improving sun safety practices and behaviours within a variety of settings.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the key evidence underlying the role of solar UV radiation in the development of skin cancers
2. Explain the importance of sun safety as a public health issue
3. Discuss a variety of interventions and policy initiatives for improving sun safety practices and behviours in a range of settings
Presenter: Thomas Tenkate
Thomas Tenkate, DrPH , is an Associate Professor and Director, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University. For 10 years, he worked as environmental health officer/manager for the Queensland Department of Health in Australia, and has qualifications in occupational hygiene, management and education. He has an ongoing research interest in assessing and managing human exposure to UV radiation, and is current co-chair of the Ontario Sun Safety Working Group. He is also on the organizing committee for the 4th International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention to be held in Toronto in May 2018.
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