Sault Ste. Marie Drug Basics Wants Your Best Sun-Safe Selfie!


Pharmacy teams up with Canadian Cancer Society to Promote Skin Cancer Awareness with Special UV Camera

Summer is here which means more time out in the sun, and while embraced enthusiastically by northerners, can come with health risks without proper protection. To spread the word about skin cancer, one of the fastest rising cancers worldwide, Drug Basics Pharmacy located in Food Basics grocery store at 701 Pine Street is partnering up with the Canadian Cancer Society.

On Wednesday July 13th, 2016 from 10am to 2pm the Canadian Cancer Society will have an information booth set up beside the pharmacy inside Food Basics grocery store with information about how to prevent and lower the risk of getting skin cancer. The pharmacy will have a camera that will provide patients with a UV image of their face to show the impact of sun damage that is not always visible to the naked eye.

“I am really excited to promote skin cancer awareness in the pharmacy. I was guilty of tanning and not practicing safe sun habits but a family friend lost their 24-year-old-son to skin cancer in 2010 and I vowed never to use another tanning bed after that. My hope is to change even one person’s practices, especially with skin cancer rates increasing in the younger population,” Said Maggie Gareau, pharmacist and Drug Basics Manager, who wants to remind the public that pharmacists are a great source of information when it comes to sun safety.

“There are a lot of medications that can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Most people think that only topical creams can cause reactions but blood pressure medications, antibiotics, and antidepressants are just a few of the classes of drugs that can cause sun sensitivity. It is a great idea to ask your pharmacist to review your medications and see if anything you are taking can cause concern. Pharmacists are also trained to provide information on the different types of sunscreens and which would be best suited for every age,”Gareau added.

The UV camera will be available at the pharmacy for use throughout the summer during regular pharmacy hours and by anyone in the community that is interested. For pharmacy hours, please contact the pharmacy team at (705) 945-8725.


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