Today is National Don’t Fry Day! (No, we don’t mean french fries, go ahead and eat those!) We mean don’t fry your skin in the sun!
Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, National Don’t Fry Day aims to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun. It is important for everyone, no matter their skin tone, to remember to use sun protection and sun safety practices.
Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. The risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skin increases as we spend more time enjoying the outdoors now that warmer weather is upon us. We need to take precautions when we are outside in the sun. Using a good sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are a few ways to get started with sun safety.
Sun safety should be practiced EVERY day of the year, not only during the summer months! Even if it is cloudy, you can still get a sunburn or have sun damage to your skin. Make it a habit by putting sunscreen on at least your face and hands every day, or using moisturizer in the morning with SPF in it.
Skin cancer is curable if it is found early. Be aware of changes on your skin with growths and in moles. See your doctor if you have any concerns. Be safe!