Enjoy the Shade!

During cancer treatment, your sensitivity to sunlight increases, as do the risks of burning and skin damage.


You need to take additional precautions when outdoors:

  • Try to stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses when you go out during the day.
  • Use sunscreen approved by your doctor.
  • Apply sunscreen generously, 15 to 30 minutes before exposure.
  • Use half a capful for face and neck, one capful for each upper limb and two each for back, torso and lower limbs.
  •  Avoid sun exposure completely if you are receiving radiation therapy; speak to your radiation oncologist for more information. 




Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a widely-used scale for rating the level of sunburn protection in sunscreen products. The higher the sun protection factor, the more sunburn protection it gives.


“Avoid tanning beds, as they can damage your skin.”