It’s hard to resist the allure of the sun. it makes us feel good, look good, and gets us outside being more active. But sun exposure can come with a price. That is why The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day “Don’t Fry Day” as a way to highlight sun safety.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most common cancer among 20 to 30 year-olds. It’s estimated that one American dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Approximately 76,000 new cases of melanoma will occur this year. “The risk of skin cancer is very real. It’s therefore important that consumers prevent sunburn and protect themselves from the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging throughout the year,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Here are some tips to help protect you and your family while still enjoying the great outdoors!
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before sun exposure
- Reapply sunscreen every few hours
- Select cosmetic products and contact lenses that offer UV protection
- Wear sunglasses with total UV protection
- Wear wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts, and pants
- Avoid sun exposure during peak UV radiation hours between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- Perform skin self-exams regularly
- Avoid tanning beds
A reminder for parents: 80% of a person’s lifetime sun exposure is acquired before age 18, so be a good role model and foster skin cancer prevention habits in your children now 😎