Did you know that this Friday, May 24, is known as “Don’t Fry Day?” The Friday before Memorial Day weekend is called this to bring awareness about preventing skin cancer, especially as all prepare for summer and trips outdoors, to the beaches, in the pools…all places where the sun’s rays are intensified.
So…how to help prevent skin damage? The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends these methods:
Slip on a shirt
Slop on some sunscreen (with an SPF of at least 30)
Slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and
Wrap on some sunglasses!
Other protection methods recommended include:
Do not burn or tan—avoid intentional tanning and tanning beds, as ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and wrinkling.
Seek shade, especially when the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved pants and shirt, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Generously apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher—apply 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.
Use extra caution near water, snow and sand, as these surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase the chance of sunburn.
Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet and supplements.
Remember—check all of your skin carefully once a month. A new or changing spot should be evaluated.
Here are some alarming statistics:
One in five children will grow up to develop skin cancer.
It is estimated that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old.
Although the incidence of many common cancers is falling, the incidence of melanoma continues to rise, at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
For more information, please go to www.skincancerprevention.org. May you each have a safe and healthy summer!
Here are some fun coloring pages for your kiddos! https://www.skincancerprevention.org/sites/default/files/publications/coloring-pages/dfdanimalcoloringsheets.pdf