Don’t Fry Day 2012

Don't Fry Day

Friday, May 25, 2012 is Don’t Fry Day.  As you prepare to be active outdoors this summer, remember to go beyond sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.

Skin cancer is on the rise in the U.S.

 

There are more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, which is more than new cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.

 

Melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) incidence rates have been increasing for at least 30 years. Since 2004, incidence rates among whites have been increasing by almost 3% per year in both men and women.

 

The American Cancer Society estimates that 76,250 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2012 in the U.S. and 9,180 people will die from the disease.

 

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

 

 

While generous sunscreen usage (broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher) is an important way to protect yourself, there are additional sun safety measures that can help prevent skin cancer:

 

Seek the shade when you can.  Use umbrellas or other shade structures when outdoors.

 

Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a long-sleeve shirt, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.

 

Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and that may not be the hottest part of the day.

 

Do not intentionally tan or burn.  Do not use tanning beds.

 

Visit the American Cancer Society or the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention for more information and tips to protect yourself from skin cancer.

 

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