Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t FRY Day”

May 20, 2012

By Angie Moreschi:

Lots of good old fashioned fun in the sun is right around the corner as we head into the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer.  That means it’s more important than ever to wear your sunscreen.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States.  More than 15,000 people died from skin cancers in the US, last year, and more people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostrate, lung and colon cancer combined.  In addition, a troubling trend is emerging when it comes to the disease.  More young people than ever are being diagnosed with melanomas at earlier ages.

Raising Awareness

To help raise awareness as we hit the summer season, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has named the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.”

Here are some tips from the Council on what you can do to be safe in the sun:

1. Do Not  Burn: Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for  skin cancer.

2. Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds: Ultraviolet  (UV) light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.   If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, use a sunless self-­tanning product instead.

3. Cover Up: Wear protective clothing, such as a long-­sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-­brimmed- hat,  and sunglasses, where possible.

4. Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas: Seek shade when appropriate.   Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

5. Generously Apply Sunscreen: Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 that provides broad-­spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

6. Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand: Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.

7. Check the UV Index: The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to  the sun.  Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and  EPA, you can find the UV Index for your area  online at:  www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.

8. Get Vitamin D Safely: Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun or indoor tanning.

Click here to learn more about frequently asked questions about sunburn.

Have fun this Memorial Day weekend, and be sure to protect yourself!

What
You
Can
Do
to
Be
Safe
in
the
Sun:
1. Do
Not
Burn
Overexposure
to
the
sun
is
the
most
preventable
risk
factor
for
skin
cancer.
2. Avoid
Sun
Tanning
and
Tanning
Beds
Ultraviolet
(UV)
light
from
tanning
beds
and
the
sun
causes
skin
cancer
and
wrinkling.
If
you
want
to
look
like
you’ve
been
in
the
sun,
use
a
sunless
self-­?tanning
product
instead.
3. Cover
Up
Wear
protective
clothing,
such
as
a
long-­?sleeved
shirt,
pants,
a
wide-­?brimmed
hat,
and
sunglasses,
where
possible.
4. Seek
Shade/Use
Umbrellas
Seek
shade
when
appropriate.
Remember
that
the
sun’s
UV
rays
are
strongest
between
10
a.m.
and
4
p.m.
5. Generously
Apply
Sunscreen
Generously
apply
sunscreen
to
all
exposed
skin
using
a
Sun
Protection
Factor
(SPF)
of
at
least
30
that
provides
broad-­?spectrum
protection
from
both
UVA
and
UVB
rays.
Reapply
every
two
hours,
even
on
cloudy
days,
and
after
swimming
or
sweating.
6. Use
Extra
Caution
Near
Water,
Snow
and
Sand
Water,
snow
and
sand
reflect
the
damaging
rays
of
the
sun,
which
can
increase
your
chance
of
sunburn.
7. Check
the
UV
Index
The
UV
Index
provides
important
information
to
help
you
plan
your
outdoor
activities
in
ways
that
prevent
overexposure
to
the
sun.
Developed
by
the
National
Weather
Service
(NWS)
and
EPA,
you
can
find
the
UV
Index
for
your
area
online
at:
www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.
8. Get
Vitamin
D
Safely
Get
vitamin
D
safely
through
a
diet
that
includes
vitamin
supplements
and
foods
fortified
with
vitamin
D.
Don’t
seek
the
sun
or
indoor
tanning.