Today is “Don’t Fry Day”

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend “Don’t Fry Day!” in order to remind people to protect their skin from damage from the sun this weekend.

Their recommendation is to focus on as many of the following as possible:

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

None of these steps, taken alone, is enough.

According to their websiteSkin 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 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.

Protect your skin and future health and “Don’t Fry” this weekend.