Medical News Report: During National Skin Cancer Awareness month, we are encouraged to take extra precautions on the first annual “Don’t Fry Day,” the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Sun safety tips are being offered by the Amercian Cancer Society and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, cosponsors of the event.
An easy way to remember sun safety awareness is “Slip! Slop! Slap! And Wrap—slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses,” writes the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.
“More than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States,” according to the American Cancer Society. That’s more than the total cancer cases of the breast, lung, colon, uterus, ovaries, prostate and pancreas combined.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the primary cause of most skin cancers, although the same damaging rays are produced from tanning beds or sun lamps. To best protect yourself, combine all of the following recommended steps:
1. Cover up. Wear broad-brim hats and long-sleeved, lightweight shirts when possible.
2. Use at least SPF 15 sunscreen and lip balm. Use lavishly, and reapply often.
3. Wear sunglasses with at least 99% absorption of both UVA and UVB light.
4. Avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm whenever possible.
5. Don’t use tanning beds or sun lamps; try self-tanning lotions instead.
For more information on Don’t Fry Day, skin cancer prevention and early detection, see the following articles and links.
American Cancer Society, 2009. “Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection,”
National Council on Cancer Prevention, 2009. “Don’t Fry Day,” web page:
Related EmpowHer Links:
Skin Cancer Types, Prevention and Treatments:
“Keeping Skin Cancer at Bay, “
“Sun Protection: Don’t Get Burned,”