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.
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!
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