Don’t Fry Day

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 25th May 2012

The National Council on Skin Care Prevention declared May 25, 2012, the Friday before Memorial Day as "Don't Fry Day" to encourage sun safety awareness and prevent overexposure to the sun.

Facts about skin cancer:

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation.

Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage; although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk.

-Those who have a family history of skin cancer, many moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well.

To minimize the harmful effects of excessive sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.

Follow these hints:

Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! when you’re outdoors:

-Slip on a shirt.
-Slop on broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
-Slap on a wide-brimmed hat.
-Wrap on sunglasses.

In addition:

Do not "lay out" deliberately to tan or let your skin get burned.

Limit your time outdoors when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Seek shade either by "natural" means such as under a tree or by creating your own with an umbrella.

Examine your skin regularly so you will recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a united voice to reduce skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.

Do your part this summer: be safe, have fun and don't fry this Friday!