As Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season, the CDC, the EPA, the FDA and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have a message for you: Don’t Fry!
There are more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed and 2.2 million people treated in the U.S. each year. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. The states with the highest incidence rates of melanoma are: New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Utah, Connecticut, Idaho, Delaware, Washington, Oregon, and Massachusetts.
Skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented.
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention offers these tips:
Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.
- Do Not Burn or Tan
- Seek Shade
- Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
- Generously Apply Sunscreen
- Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
- Get Vitamin D Safely