The Friday before Memorial Day is designated National Don’t Fry Day – a day to raise awareness about sun safety and encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to protect their skin from cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the nation, with almost 5.5 million cases diagnosed in Americans each year – more than breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers combined. In fact, one out of every five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some time in their lives.
Jamaica Hospital and the American Cancer Society would like to share the following tips to avoid frying in the sun this summer:
- Seek shade during the peak time of day – the sun is at its strongest between 10:00am – 2:00 pm
- Dress properly – Wear sun-protective clothing as well as UV blocking sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats
- Use sunscreen – It is recommended that you apply sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 every 2 hours
- Avoid tanning devices – These give-off UVA rays just like the sun.
By following these tips, you and your family can enjoy the sun, while protecting yourself from the harm that it can cause
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