Don’t Fry Day!

For many folks, Memorial Day is the official heralding of summer! Do you remember how you used to celebrate? “Laying out” in the backyard determined to get a tan using that unique, home formulated blend of baby oil and iodine while wearing “Sun In” mixed with lemon to get those fabulous natural highlights in your hair. Or, better yet, if you are fair-skinned and freckled, FINALLY, realizing that you were never going to get a tan so slathering on the Coppertone QT only to end up looking like an Oompa Loompa smelling like rotten eggs!

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way baby! The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.

With all of the new self-tanning products available (that don’t smell vile) and air-brushed tans, there is no need to damage your skin to get a great looking summer glow.

This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.
Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Check for any changes in size or coloration of moles. Have a loved one help check those hard to see/reach areas (your back). Pick your birthday as your mole check date so you won’t forget. If there is any discernible change, make an appointment with your provider as soon as possible to have it checked for any abnormality.

Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life (those baby oil and iodine years) are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well.

So as we slide into summer and enjoy the great outdoors remember…to Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap when outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses.

Sun Lovers Tips:

  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen of an SPF of 30 or more
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely
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