First Long Weekend of Spring Good Time to Remember Vitamin D

    Canadian Cancer Society Reminds High Risk Canadians to Consider Taking
    Vitamin D Year Round

    TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - The Victoria Day long weekend (May 16 - 18) -
Patriot's Day in Quebec - is a good time for Canadians to consider consulting
their healthcare providers about their Vitamin D intake.
    According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the two things for Canadians to
remember at this time of the year are:

    -   Adults at higher risk of having lower Vitamin D levels should
        consider taking a daily Vitamin D supplement of 1,000 IUs year round,
        which means continuing to take a supplement throughout the spring and
        summer months. This includes people:

        -   50 years of age and older
        -   with dark skin
        -   who don't go outside often, and
        -   who wear clothing that covers most of their skin

    -   While exposure to sunlight is one way to get Vitamin D, the Society
        cautions Canadians about too much unprotected sun exposure.

    "We encourage Canadians to enjoy the nice weather and be active," says
Heather Chappell, Senior Manager, Cancer Control Policy, Canadian Cancer
Society. "However, it's important to remember that a few minutes a day of
unprotected sun exposure is all that some people need to get enough Vitamin D
during the spring and summer months. People should protect themselves from the
sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are at their strongest, and
any time of the day when the UV index is three of more."
    The Society's Vitamin D recommendation is based on the growing body of
evidence about the link between Vitamin D and reducing the risk for colorectal
cancer and the potential link for reducing the risk of breast cancer.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free-bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For further information:

For further information: Alexa Giorgi, Bilingual Communications
Specialist, (416) 934-5681

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