May is Melanoma Awareness Month so keep a hat on and don't forget the sunscreen!

Time flies – especially in the garden. It’s easy for a two-minute chore to lengthen to 30 minutes or even an hour as one moves around the garden. And it is easy to forget to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun. Protect your skin from the sun every day from spring right through to early fall. Try to stay out of the sun when UV rays are strongest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and especially around noon. Wearing a hat regularly in summer could significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. That’s because two in three of all skin cancers appear on the vulnerable head and neck regions. Always use a broad-spectrum (protects against both UVA and UVB rays), SPF 15 or higher sunscreen. Remember that sunscreen has to be applied at least 15 to 30 minutes before you go out to allow the active ingredients to soak into the skin. Sunscreen should be reapplied frequently (about every two hours) and liberally. (Information: Canadian Dermatology Association)