The Friday before Memorial Day has been designated Don’t Fry Day, to encourage sun safety as warmer weather and sunshine approaches.
The updated forecast for Memorial Day weekend actually includes some sunshine. But, keep in mind, even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, UV rays still can cause skin damage.
According to the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention, most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV rays. People with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although all people are at risk.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind this weekend and throughout the summer:
- Seek shade
- Wear sun-protective clothing
- Generously apply sunscreen
- Do not burn or tan
- Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand
The American Cancer Society estimates that this year alone there will be nearly 74,000 cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form a skin cancer.