The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day. For many around the U.S, the Memorial Day long weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer and with meteorologists predicting this summer to be the hottest on record around many region, it’s important to be reminded of proper skincare techniques to avoid the risks of over exposure from the sun.
Here are some quick facts and prevention notes from the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention:
- Skin cancer is the most common cancer
- 20-30-year-olds get skin cancer more than any other cancer.
- The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) continues to rise significantly, at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
- One American dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- Approximately 76,000 new cases of melanoma will occur this year.
Do Not Burn or Tan
- Avoid intentional tanning.
- Avoid tanning beds.
- Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and wrinkling.
- When sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Wear Protective Clothing
- Long-sleeved shirt and pants.
- A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Generously Apply Sunscreen
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher for protection from ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation.
- Apply 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.
Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
- These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
Get Vitamin D Safely
- Through a healthy diet.
- Take vitamin supplements.
Early detection of melanoma can save your life. Carefully examine all of your skin once a month. A new or changing spot should be evaluated. And remember that CanadaDrugs.com, Canadian Pharmacy has a full line of popular sunscreen at discount prices to help you stock up.