New Skin Cancer Prevention Tips in Honor of Don’t Fry Day

Posted on May 18, 2012

Now that summer is just about here, we’re starting to see many reports on how to protect yourself from the danger of skin cancer.

Today, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have joined forces to provide tips on how consumers can ward off the types of threats that could cause skin cancer, the most common cancer in the entire country.  To that end, the latter organization is calling the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.”

The FDA recommends using sunscreens with an SPF higher than 15 which offer broad spectrum protection, which means protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  The National Parks Service, for their part, says that everyone should not only apply sunscreen, but also put on a hat and drink water should they head out to one of the picturesque parks around the country.

The EPA, through their SunWise program, suggests that consumers download an app which provides information on the day’s ultraviolet index.  They also say that every two hours should see the administration of a palmful of sunscreen.  They also suggest staying in the shade from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, as damage from solar rays tends to be greater during this time.

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