May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. To further the efforts to raise awareness, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated May 27th as Don’t Fry Day.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, in the U.S. more skin cancers are diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. Nearly all skin cancers could be prevented by limiting unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.
When skin cancer is detected early, most can be treated successfully – even melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.
There are many ways to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation, including seeking shade when you can, wearing protective clothing, generously applying sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher with broad spectrum protection), and not letting your skin tan or burn. Also, try to avoid the sun when the UV rays are at their strongest, usually between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
For more information about skin cancer and ways to reduce risk, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227- 2345 or visit www.cancer.org/skincancer.