Start Memorial Day Weekend With “Don’t Fry Day”

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Never does the importance of Memorial Day ring truer than when we’re at war and honoring those men and women who have fallen defending our country seems like it deserves more than just one day out of the year.


Photo: The Houston Chronicle

Alas, this weekend is treated by most as little more than the official start of summer and that means a lot of time spent outside barbecuing, playing volleyball, tossing a Frisbee around or just enjoying some time in the sun.

For that purpose, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared today, the Friday before the Memorial Holiday weekend, to be “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness.  The Council encourages everyone to do their best to prevent sun damage to their skin every day, but they’ve set aside this day in particular – the start of the summer season – to bring attention to the importance of being vigilant about skin protection.

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation.  For that reason, the Council strongly suggests the following, keeping in mind that any tan is a visible sign of damage:

  • Avoid sun burning, intentional tanning, and using tanning beds.
  • Apply sunscreen generously.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
  • Seek shade.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand.
  • Get vitamin D through diet and vitamin D supplements.

For more information, visit the Council’s website.

SPF 15?  Nah . . . make it 30.  (Anything over 50 is a waste . . . but reapply, reapply, reapply!  My personal preference is BullFrog.)

Have a great weekend.  And if you see a veteran or current member of one our five valiant branches of military service, remember that a handshake and a hearty “thank you” are the least you can do.

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