Protect Your Skin on Don't Fry Day
Article date: May 11, 2011
It’s natural to want to get out in the sun once the weather warms up. It should also be natural to take steps to protect your skin from the sun when you go outside. That’s why the Friday before Memorial Day is designated Don’t Fry Day – a day to raise awareness of sun safety and encourage everyone to take steps to protect their skin.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays -- from the sun and other sources like tanning beds -- are the primary cause of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States. But shielding your skin with clothing, sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, and shade can help lower your risk.
The American Cancer Society has lots of information on how to protect your skin at cancer.org/sunsafety, along with a description of all our skin cancer prevention activities. Be sure to also check out our Expert Voices blog on tanning booths.
As part of Don’t Fry Day activities, we’ve also teamed up with AccuWeather to raise awareness of this important issue. The AccuWeather site will offer sun safety videos and a UV index on their local hourly weather forecasts to help you plan your time outside so you can avoid the most intense sunlight.
Remember, you don’t need to avoid the sun altogether. Just be sure to take the steps that can protect your skin – on Don’t Fry Day and every day.
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