Don't Fry Day on Friday
May 22, 2012
NATURALRESOURCES

Are you asking yourself, "what does “Don’t Fry Day on Friday” even mean?" The Friday before Memorial Day has been declared “Don’t Fry Day” in an effort to raise awareness of sun safety, and to encourage Americans to take the necessary precautions to protect their skin.

Most people are not aware that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but when following precautions, is largely preventable. More than two million new cases of skin cancer are reported annually. The American Cancer Society is estimating that there will be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma and more than two million new cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers in the United States this year alone. Parents and caregivers should take precautions to protect their children from too much sun exposure. As children tend to spend more time outdoors, they need special attention as they can burn more easily, and may not be completely aware of the dangers sunburns can cause. Sunburns during childhood can increase the risk of melanoma and other forms of skin cancers later in life. 

Be sure to Slip!! Slop!! Slap!! And wrap!! when you are outdoors this Friday, and every day. Follow these steps…
·         Slip on a shirt
·         Slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher
·         Slap on a wide-brimmed hat
·         Wrap on sunglasses

Be sure to examine your body regularly, and take notice of any changing moles and skin growths. The best way to beat skin cancer is early detection.

For more information and tips, there are several websites that we think will be helpful. 

·         www.epa.gov/sunwise

·         http://epa.gov/sunwise/dfd.html

·         www.skincancerprevention.org/programs/dont-fry-day/resources

·         http://skincancerprevention.org/node/282?q=programs/dont-fry-day/resources

·         www.epa.gov/sunwise/statefacts.html



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