Friday is ‘don’t fry day’
To help reduce the rising rates of skin cancer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.” Skin cancer is a largely preventable disease yet it remains the most common type of cancer in the United States, where more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Melanoma, which accounts for the largest amount of skin cancer deaths, has steadily increased each year for the last 30 years.
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention urges the public to understand how to protect themselves from the sun, and reduce their incidence of skin cancer.
Know and use your sunscreen wisely, and also educate yourself on additional sun safety measures to help prevent skin cancer on “Don’t Fry Day” and every day:
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When choosing a sunscreen, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher for protection from ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, which contribute to premature aging, sunburn and skin cancer.
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Sunscreen should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapplied every two hours.
Water resistant sunscreens carry labels that indicate the length of their effectiveness. Read your label.
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Sunscreen should always be applied liberally, and reapplied after swimming or excessive sweating.
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Avoid sun burns, intentional tanning, and use of tanning beds.
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Wear sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
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Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand.
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Get vitamin D safely through food and supplements.
For more information on how to protect your self from skin cancer, visit the National Council’s site at www.SkinCancerPrevention.org.