Sun Protection


Why a new family rule? The good news is that the majority of melanoma cases can be prevented. Since sun/UV exposure is the primary cause of melanoma and other skin cancers, the best way to reduce your child’s risk is to protect their skin.

Watch this video for more information.

Screen Me

New this year! Municipal camp leaders are working hard  practicing sun safety with campers in order to become certified sun aware camps!

Click here to visit Screen Me.

Watch this video for more information.

Reduce Your Risk

Take less than 5 minutes to reduce your risk of melanoma.

  • We’ll ask you questions about things that may affect your risk of a specific type of cancer.
  • The calculation of your risk is based on studies of people age 40 and over who have no previous history of cancer. But everyone can benefit by learning more about their risk and receiving a personal health action plan.
  • Save, print or email your results to refer to later, or share them with your healthcare provider.
  • Your risk can change over time. We suggest coming back every so often to see whether there has been a change.
  • This assessment is not intended to diagnose cancer.
Start Your Assessment

Indoor Tanning

UV tanning beds have been placed into the highest cancer risk category, “carcinogenic to humans,” thereby ranking them equal to well-known carcinogens like asbestos and tobacco.

The good news is, indoor tanning is an entirely preventable risk factor for skin cancer. The bad news is, young people are still doing it anyways.

  1. Skin Cancer Prevention Act – Effective May 1, 2014 it is illegal to sell, offer for sale or provide tanning services to anyone under 18 years of age in Ontario.
  2. The Big Burn  – Remember when we didn’t know any better? Indoor tanning used to be like that. Now we know the risks. Talk to your kids about the dangers today.

Additional Resources

Outdoor Workers

Working outdoors put many at high risk for skin cancer. Click here to learn how you can protect yourself.

Skin Cancer

Use the ABCDE’s to recognize skin cancer.  Know the signs, save a life. 

Tomorrow’s Greener Schools Today

Since 2013, community partners have been working together planting trees on Chatham-Kent elementary and secondary schoolyards, in order to provide more shade.

For more information,
contact Chatham-Kent Public Health: 519.352.7270.

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