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Don’t Fry Day – Friday May 25th

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention Encourages Everyone to Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day
The National Council Declares the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, 2012 is “Don’t Fry Day” To Encourage Sun Safety Awareness

To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, 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. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

Do Not Burn or Tan
Seek Shade
Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
Gnerously Apply Sunscreen
Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
Get Vitamin D Safely
As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 76,250 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. Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap when you’re 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. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a united voice to reduce skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.

Interesting Fact…

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma continues to rise significantly, at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.*

*National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

Sunscreen Safety

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention urges the public to use sunscreen as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent skin cancer. Ingredients used in sunscreens are generally considered safe and effective, based on their record of use established over many years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others agree that the weight of the available scientific evidence shows that the benefits of sunscreens far outweigh the risks and that sunscreens are an important part of being safe in the sun.

Sunscreen labels should contain clear and accurate information that sunscreen needs to be used and applied properly in order to be effective. Studies continue to show many people use sunscreens to stay in the sun longer, thereby increasing their exposure to UV radiation, and the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. Consequently, it is very important to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating and to be certain to apply a generous amount.[1]

The bottom line: sunscreens play a role in reducing skin cancer risk and prevent photoaging, but they are not the only online casino or even the most important factor. Seeking shade, covering up using sun-protective clothing, wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are equally if not more important behaviors to practice. We also need better regulation of sunscreens, and we acknowledge that although the science to date supports their safety, questions persist, which are currently being addressed by the FDA

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[1] http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/sunscreens/sunscreens
One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size.
Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.

SunAWARE*

Friday, May 18th, 2012

A – Avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight, seek shade and never indoor tan.

W – Wear sun protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses year-round.

A – Apply recommended amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sunburn protection (SPF) greater or equal to 30 to all exposed skin and reapply every two hours.

R- Routinely examine your whole body for changes in your skin and report concerns to a parent or healthcare provider.

E – Educate your family and community about the need to be SunAWARE.*

*Source: National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

Protect Your Skin

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Friday, May 25th is Don’t Fry Day.
Protect your skin today and every day.

Did you Know?

-There will be over three million new cases of skin cancer in the U.S.this year.
-Melanoma is the #1 cancer in young, white American women today.
-Skin cancer is preventable and easily recognizable.
-One American dies every hour from skin cancer.
-Melanoma is the leading caue of death from skin cancer.*

*Source: National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

Slip, Slop, Slap & Wrap

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Wrap on sunglasses and seek shade between 10 and 4. National “Don’t Fry Day” is Friday, May 25th. For more information on preventing skin cancer go to www.skincancerprevention.org

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