Skin Cancer Foes Declare May 27 'Don't Fry
WEDNESDAY, May 25 (HealthDay News) -- This Friday, the start of
the Memorial Day weekend, is also "Don't Fry Day," a time for
skin-safety experts to remind Americans about the hazards of
overexposure to sunlight.
Melanoma, the potentially deadly form of skin cancer, is the
most common cancer among young adults in their late 20s, according
to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National
Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, which joined forces to provide
life-saving tips on sun safety. The main cause of skin cancer:
overexposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
"Many people still do not realize that unprotected sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and other health problems," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, in an agency news release. "Simple steps, such as using sunscreen, putting on sunglasses or wearing a hat, can protect us and our families, while still enjoying the great outdoors."
Skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United
States, affects more than 2 million Americans each year -- more
than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined, the EPA
said. Every hour, one American dies from skin cancer, the agency
Although UV rays are dangerous year-round, the risks are
greatest in the summer months when people spend more time outside,
To limit exposure to harmful UV rays, experts suggest you:
- Cover up. One of the most effective ways to reduce exposure to
the sun's harmful rays is to wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and SPF
- Find a shady spot. It's best to stay out of direct sunlight
during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Be aware of the UV index. Before engaging in outdoor
activities, check the UV index to identify the most risky times for
overexposure to the sun.
The American Cancer Society offers additional tips on
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