It’s Don’t “Fry Day” Friday
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has allocated the month of May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. In order to raise awareness of the dangers of overexposure to the UV rays of the sun, the Council has named the Friday prior to Memorial Day, “Don’t Fry Day,” to remind people to protect their skin while outdoors, and to encourage general sun safety awareness.
The council advises people follow as many of the following tips as possible:
- Apply Sunscreen Every Day
- Do Not Burn or Tan
- Stay in the Shade Whenever Possible
- Wear Clothing that is Sun Protective
- When Near Sand, Snow or Water, Use Extra Caution
- Supplement Vitamin D to Get the Vitamin Safely
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one American dies each hour from skin cancer. As the hot days of summer approach, the allure toward outdoor activities increases exponentially. Thus, the risk for UV skin damage also rises. The Society predicts over two million new instances of squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers, and an estimated 73,879 new cases of malignant melanoma, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer.
“Skin cancer is treatable and can be cured if found early enough,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, Top Austin Mohs surgeon and skin cancer expert. “However, prevention is the best cure of all.” People are encouraged to examine their skin regularly, and to watch for and recognize changes in any moles or skin growths.
Those with lighter colored skin tend to be more susceptible to ultraviolet Sun damage. However, individuals of every ethnicity risk skin cancer, especially without regular sunscreen protection. People whose family members have previously experienced incidences of skin cancer, those who experienced excessive sunburns during childhood, and those with an excessive number of freckles or moles are at greater risk of skin cancer. Protection from intense UV radiation should be a regular practice for everyone.
If you have questions about skin cancer prevention, please contact us for additional information.