Sunsense Challenge

Sunsense Challenge

The Sunsense Challenge focuses on increasing awareness of how girls and guiders can protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. The goal of this challenge is to have fun in the sun but to also be SunSmart!

Background Information: Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers. Of the Skin cancers, Melanoma is the most dangerous and is one of the most common cancers in young people. Most Skin cancers are highly curable if caught early. Skin damage and accompanying Skin cancer risk never disappear but continues to accumulate for a lifetime. If is estimated that the majority of UV exposure occurs before the age of 18.

Click here to find out about the Canadian Cancer Society - SunSense program.

By taking the Challenge you will learn that:

  • The sun's ultraviolet rays can damage your skin and eyes
  • Sun related skin damage is additive and does not go away
  • Sunburns before the age of 18 increase your lifetime risk of Skin cancer
  • Unprotected sun exposure is the most important cause of Skin cancer
  • Skin cancer is a common and preventable cancer

You will also learn:

  • To avoid sun exposure between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm
  • To seek and/or create shade
  • To Slip! on clothing to cover your arms and legs and sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • To Slap! on a wide brimmed hat
  • To Slop! on sunscreen with SPF15 or higher

In the end, you will understand:

  • How to select proper protective clothing, eyewear and sunscreen
  • The proper sunscreen application technique
  • That you need sun protection on cloudy days, for water activities and during the winter
  • The importance and methods of early detection for skin cancer
  • That there is no such thing as a safe or healthy tan
  • That tanning parlors and sunlamps are not a safe way to tan

Crests are $ 1.50 each and available from the Provincial Office

Click on the Sunsense link below for your branch to find out how to complete your challenge:

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