Safety and Weather, Seasonal
Skin Cancer Prevention
The summer season is soon to begin, which calls for fun in the sun. However, more sun exposure means a higher risk of skin cancer. National Don't Fry Day is a day that takes place on the Friday before Memorial Day in the United States. This day reminds everyone to protect their skin from the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Taking steps to prevent skin cancer is crucial, and National Don't Fry Day is the perfect day to educate people about the importance of sun safety. Read more for five tips on skin cancer prevention that you can use to protect yourself and your loved ones:
1. Use sunscreen
Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher can help protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Apply it generously and reapply every two hours, especially if you're swimming or sweating.
2. Chill in the shade
If possible, spend time in the shade during peak sun hours (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). Reducing your exposure to UV rays will lower your risk of skin cancer.
3. Avoid tanning beds
Tanning beds release harmful UV rays that can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. If you want a tan, consider using a self-tanning lotion instead.
4. Check your skin regularly
Be aware of any changes to your skin, including new moles or spots, and have them checked by a dermatologist if they look suspicious.
5. Teach your kids about sun safety
Children are out for summer break and ready for some fun in the sun. Because they are vulnerable to sun damage, protecting their skin is crucial. Encourage your kids to wear hats and sunscreen and limit their exposure to the sun during peak hours.
Following these five tips can help reduce your risk of skin cancer and protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Remember, sun safety isn't just for National Don't Fry Day – it's something you should practice year-round. Whether you're heading to the beach, the park, or just spending time outdoors, be sure to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.