Before you head out to scout for weeds, tend the livestock or pick up rocks, remember the sunscreen.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joined by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP), is recognizing today, the Friday before Memorial Day, as “Don’t Fry Day.” This year marks the 10th anniversary. EPA, along with NCSCP, is encouraging Americans to take simple steps throughout the summer to protect their health and prevent skin cancer and eye damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays.
According to the American Cancer Society, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined, and in the U.S. there is approximately one skin cancer-related death every hour. Over 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning, so it is also one of the most preventable cancers.
Reduce risk of skin cancer by:
- Seeking shade when outside during mid-day hours;
- Wearing clothing that protects skin from UV rays;
- Generously applying sunscreen, and reapplying often;
- Being aware that reflective water, snow, and sand intensify UV exposure; and
- Avoiding tanning beds and minimizing sunbathing.