You may think that your insusceptible to skin cancer, but studies show that even spending a brief amount of time outside could add up to major skin damage. With the rising number of skin cancer cases in the United States, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has made the Friday before Memorial Day “Don’t Fry Day” ™ to raise awareness to skin cancer prevention. You don’t have to avoid the sun completely, but should consider these recommendations to help protect yourself and your family when you are outside.
- Accessorize | Let your accessories work for you by wearing protective clothing, such as dark colored, tightly woven long sleeves, ANSI labeled sunglasses, and wide brimmed hats.
- Apply | Properly use sunscreen by checking the expiration date, putting on before makeup or insect repellent, applying generously, and knowing when to reapply.
- Hide | Find shade between 10a.m. to 4p.m. and before you need relief from the sun.
These tips should be used year-round, regardless of the weather. They even apply when you are driving as some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can pass through windows!