Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Environment

Ultraviolet Radiation

Levels of UV radiation are expected to be impacted by temperature increases, with enhanced exposure anticipated as a result of behavioural variables promoting more time outdoors in the sun. For Simcoe Muskoka, the high percentage of individuals self-identified as Caucasian, results in a higher risk of skin cancers. Fair skin individuals tend to burn and are at a higher risk of skin cancers due to UV radiation. To monitor the health outcomes of UV radiation, this HealthSTATS page presents data on sunburn reporting and the incidence rates of malignant melanoma.

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in Canada. Malignant melanoma is less common than other forms of skin cancer but it has the potential to metastasize, meaning it can spread to other sites in the body.

Sunburns and UV exposure are the leading causes of melanoma.