20 May “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.”
This friendly reminder encourages everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. No single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation. We’ve got you covered with these sun safety tips:
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The melanin in all our DNA is at baseline, or the lowest point, after winter, and an extended period of little or no UV exposure. Use extra caution near water, snow and sand, as UV rays reflect off these surfaces with great intensity and will burn your skin.
Make your own shade if there’s none readily available. If you are going to the beach, bring an umbrella, and by all means try and stay out of the midday sun. Remember UV penetrates most fabric, so even under your umbrella your DNA will receive doses of UVA and UVB radiation.
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All fabrics disrupt UV radiation to some degree. Clothing that does the best job carries an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating from 15 (good) to 50+ (excellent). The UPF number indicates how effectively fabrics shield skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. The higher the UPF number, the greater degree of UV protection a garment offers.
If you plan to be by the water, remember that UV radiation reflects off the water. Cover up with UPF clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
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For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating. Look for products containing Zinc and Titanium that reflect and scatter UV rays. When used as part of our skin-healthy Previse regimen, Previse SunSheer will help protect against skin cancer. Free of PEG’s, petroleum, phthalates, and artificial fragrance, our ZeroSilicone recipe is ideal for anyone seeking UVA and UVB protection.[gdlr_heading tag=”h2″ size=”40px” color=”#ffffff” background=”#f67924″ ]Perform Regular Skin Checks[/gdlr_heading]
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 best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.