To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day “Don’t Fry Day” to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. May 28, 2010 will mark the second annual “Don’t Fry Day” since the campaign started last year. The American Cancer Society is one of the core members of this Council, so we are helping promoting “Don’t Fry Day” as a way to help people stay well by raising awareness about the steps people can take to prevent skin cancer.
Why is it important to protect your skin?
The sun is the primary source of excessive UV radiation, the cause of most skin cancers. Although skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, there are a number of things you can do everyday to prevent skin cancer: avoid tanning beds; generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects from UVA and UVB rays; wear UV-protective clothing; seek shade while outdoors; and protect children from UV exposure.
Or just remember this: “Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap” — slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses.
This year, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has created a CNN iReport assignment in order to promote “Don’t Fry Day.” With Memorial Day weekend fast-approaching, many of you have vacations planned. Take a stroll down memory lane — dig through your photo albums, and share your worst sunburn images. Do you look at sunburn in a new light? Share your photos with CNN to tell us your story before May 20, 2010 at http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=442925
For more information about “Don’t Fry Day,” please also visit www.skincancerprevention.org. Remember – protect your skin today and every day!