Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Don't Fry Day

Posted by: "Roxanna Bautista" roxbautista
Tue May 19, 2009 6:57 pm (PDT)

Learn about "Don't Fry Day" - Protect Your Skin Today and Every Day at

To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 22, 2009, as Don't Fry Day .

Our goal is to encourage sun safety awareness by reminding everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.

This year, the National Council is specifically emphasizing "Slap on a Hat" -encouraging everyone to wear protective clothing like a wide-brimmed hat to provide important protection from too much sun.

Did You Know?

Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.

Did You Know?
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.

Did You Know?
It is estimated that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.

Did You Know?
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

Did You Know?
Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for young adults 15-29 years old.

Did You Know... if YOU spread the word about "Don't Fry Day" then more people will KNOW?

We invite you to get involved in raising sun safety awareness. Every voice, action, or effort is another step towards reducing and preventing skin cancer. Join the "Don't Fry Day" campaign to encourage your friends, neighbors, relatives, colleagues, and everyone to be safe in the sun.

Here are some simple ways to be safe in the sun. Remember, Slip, Slop, Slap®...and Wrap and plan activities away from the midday sun:

- Slip on a shirt;
- Slop on sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher);
- Slap on a hat; and
- Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them from ultraviolet light.

For more information, including additional statistics and other resources, visit the Council's site:

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is the united voice of 45 organizations, associations, and agencies dedicated to reducing skin cancer morbidity and mortality in the U.S. National Council members represent some of the nation's premier researchers, clinicians and advocates for melanoma and skin cancer prevention.

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