Summer is just around the corner. That means sun and fun… whether you’re on the beach, at the pool or just working out in the yard or garden.
But, we often forget to protect our skin. The result? That dreaded, painful burning sensation after suddenly realizing you’ve turned yourself into a lobster.
There’s only one word to describe it… OUCH!
More than 3.5 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States.
And when it comes to the most serious type of skin cancer known as melanoma — the statistics from the American Cancer Society are even more alarming.
>> One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 54 minutes)
>> An estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017
>> An estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017.
Don’t Fry Day is Friday, May 26th.
Each year the American Cancer Society and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designate the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day.
It’s a day to encourage sun safety awareness and remind everyone to protect their skin from both UVA and UVB rays while enjoying the outdoors.
Most skin cancers are curable if found early and they are preventable.
Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. If you have lighter-toned skin you are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer.
What can you can do to protect you and your loved ones from the damaging effects of the sun?
Limit sun exposure during the middle of the day. Between about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. the sun’s rays are the strongest — even in winter.
Slop on the sunscreen. Sunscreens don’t completely protect you from all harmful UV radiation, (especially the radiation that can lead to melanoma), but they should always be a part of your sun protection routine. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Slip on a shirt. Cover your skin with dark, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs. Also, wear a broad-brimmed hat instead of a baseball cap or visor.
Say no to tanning beds. While they seem appealing to get a jump-start on that sun-kissed glow, the lights used in tanning beds emit UV rays and can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Will you celebrate Don’t Fry Day on Friday, May 26th? Summer is almost here, so have fun, but be smart and be safe!
Dr. Mike Mavrostomos is passionate about providing top-quality, comprehensive dental care. He is located in Bedminster, NJ whose continual pursuit of education and state-of-the-art dentistry has led to his being recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists by the New Jersey Top-Docs committee.