Memorial Weekend traditionally marks the unofficial opening to sunburn season and the Friday before has been officially declared Don’t Fry Day. It’s a preemptive strike to put sun damage front and center in your mind. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention wants you to be sun protected; they want you to practice sun safe behavior, teach it, talk about it, and make it as American as apple pie. You or your loved ones double your risk of getting melanoma (the potentially deadly big C skin cancer) with:
- One severe sunburn in childhood
- 5 or more sunburns as an adult
- Apply broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.
- Wear sun-protective clothing to cover your skin.
- Wear a broad-brimmed had (not visor or ball cap).
- Wear UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Always be in the shade when you can. (Who are those people sitting in the direct sun at ball games and the beach?)