Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common of all cancers. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to enjoy the outdoors safely. They have named this Friday „Don’t Fry Day”.

What you can do to be safe in the sun:

  1. Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds. Ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling;
  2. Cover up. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible;
  3. Seek shade/use umbrellas. Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.;
  4. Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating;
  5. Use extra caution near water, snow and sand because they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn;
  6. Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun or indoor tanning.

 

More details can be found on the official website.