OSWEGO- Friday, May 27, 2011 is Don’t Fry Day. This year, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and the Oswego County Health Department are reminding people to go beyond sunscreen to protect their skin.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 68,130 cases of malignant melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) and more than two million cases of basal cell or squamous skin cancer (nonmelanomas) were diagnosed in 2010 in the US.
People can use the Environmental Protection Agency’s UV Index forecast to help protect themselves from harmful UV exposure. The UV Index indicates the strength of UV radiation on a scale from 1 (low) to 11+ (extremely high).
To find UV Index forecasts by ZIP Code at EPA’s SunWise website, go to http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.
“This summer, seek the shade when you can. You can use umbrellas or other shade structures when outdoors,” said Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Oswego County Public Health Director. He reminds the public, “remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and that may not be the hottest part of the day. Remember to wear sun-protective clothing, like long-sleeve shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Always generously apply sunscreen – SPF 15 or higher, and re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.”
For more information on how to protect your skin from the summer sun, visit the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention web site at www.skincancerprevention.org