Don’t Fry Your Skin

May 22, 2018

No matter what the season, just being outside exposes us to the damaging rays of the sun. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and is usually the result of sun exposure. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined. Furthermore, one person dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every hour.

To help reduce these alarming statistics, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as  “Don’t Fry Day” to remind us all to protect our skin while enjoying the outdoors.

Follow these tips to protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation from the sun.

• Do not burn or tan: avoid intentional tanning from the sun or from tanning beds.

• Seek shade: especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Wear sun-protective clothing: sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.

• Wear sunscreen: generously apply a broad spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, 15 minutes before going out and every two hours,

• Use extra caution near water, snow and sand: reflections of the sun off these surfaces increases your risk of sunburn.

The Long Beach Island Health Department, Mike Geltrude Foundation, Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance and Southern Ocean Medical Center are sponsoring the 11th annual Choose Your Cover, a free skin cancer screening, on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 20th Street beach entrance in Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island. Wear your bathing suit or beach attire for the screening.

For more detailed information about prevention, go to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention at skincancerprevention.org or American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

For more information about Choose Your Cover, call the Long Beach Island Health Department at 609-492-1212 or visit us on Facebook or the website lbihealth.com.

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