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Tanning is out!
After a long, cold, and snowy winter, the thought of finally being able to dig out the shorts and flip flops and enjoy the summer sun is a welcome one. Nova Scotia summers are short and it’s understandable to want to maximize time outside when the weather is nice.

By all means enjoy the summer and all that Nova Scotia has to offer. Get out and get active…but do it safely. Protect your skin and protect your eyes. Exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun is the primary preventable cause of melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer as well as basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers.

According to the 2015 Canadian Cancer Statistics, the incidence rates of melanoma have increased over the years, in Canada. In Nova Scotia, rates of melanoma have also increased significantly between 1986 and 2012. The rate has increased an average of 2.7 % per year for females and 2.8% per year for males.


These statistics have prompted the Sun Safe Nova Scotia coalition to develop a social media campaign,, to raise awareness about the harms of tanning and to encourage Nova Scotians, particularly teens and young adults, to think differently about tanning and take appropriate actions to protect themselves from the sun’s powerful rays when enjoying our Maritime summer. The truth is that there is no such thing as a healthy tan.

Led by the Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia Division – the campaign was launched in Halifax on June 4, 2015. The social media site encourages visitors to “Take the Pledge” by signing an online register to protect their skin by “avoiding deliberate indoor and outdoor tanning, knowing their skin and watching for changes and signs of skin cancers.

Visit to meet “Tanner” and learn more.

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