sun safety

  • Melanoma: Rates have doubled, but hope is on the horizon ??

    Melanoma rates doubled between 1982 and 2011 but comprehensive skin cancer prevention programs could prevent 20 percent of new cases between 2020 and 2030, according to this month’s CDC Vital Signs report.

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    Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen! Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen!

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. More than 90 percent of melanoma skin cancers are due to skin cell damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. Melanoma rates increased from 11.2 per 100,000 in 1982 to 22.7 per 100,000 in 2011. The report notes that without additional community prevention efforts, melanoma will continue to increase over the next 15 years, with 112,000 new cases projected in 2030. The annual cost of treating new melanoma cases is projected to nearly triple from $457 million in 2011 to $1.6 billion in 2030.

    “Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it’s on the rise,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and clothes that cover your skin. Find some shade if you’re outside, especially in the middle of the day when the dangerous rays from the sun are most intense, and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen.”

  • Don’t Fry Day

    Know the importance of skin cancer prevention and sun-safety behaviors.

    Today is Don’t Fry Day.

    Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen! Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen!

    The Friday before Memorial Day is Don’t Fry Day: Protect your skin today and every day.

    Millions of Americans will enjoy the great outdoors this weekend. Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common of all cancers in the United States. 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. We have named the Friday before Memorial Day Don’t Fry Day. In the same way we teach kids to wear bike helmets, we can also teach them to wear wide-brimmed hats.

    What You Can Do to Be Safe in the Sun:

    1. Do Not Burn
      Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
    2. Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
      Ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, use a sunless self-tanning product instead.
    3. Cover Up
      Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
    4. Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas
      Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    5. Generously Apply Sunscreen
      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.
    6. Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand
      Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
    7. Check the UV Index
      The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, you can find the UV Index for your area online at: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.

    Get Vitamin D Safely
    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.

    Download the informational poster. DFD

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