Also known as Don’t Fry Day, today is National Sunscreen Day! This is a day to stand against the harmful UV rays and protect our skin from cancer. Learn more about it here!

National Sunscreen Day

Every year, the Friday before Memorial Day is National Sunscreen Day or Don’t Fry Day. And it’s a wake-up call to everyone not wearing sunscreen when going out under summer’s blistering sun.

No one is safe from melanoma or skin cancer, and thousands of people die from it despite being easy to prevent. By wearing sunscreen with a high SPF (Skin Protection Factor), you can stay safe from the harmful UV rays naturally present in sun rays.

Through community engagement, promotional information, school activities, high-impact messages on social media, graphics, videos and posters, the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention is all in. This is the day to act and raise awareness about such a meaningful topic.

Anyone can suffer from skin melanoma. Overexposure to UV light is critical, but moles, family history, past history of melanoma, a weak immune system and an advanced age play a role, too.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about skin cancer or its causes, and its treatment is hard and expensive. This makes preventing skin cancer even more essential. One person dies every hour of melanoma and skin cancer-related complications. This is one of the deadliest cancers in the world, and no one is safe from it.

Wear sunscreen and don’t let yourself get fried, not only during Memorial Day weekend, but every day of the year. Join the observance day and wear sunscreen. Most importantly, encourage others to do so as well. We can fight skin cancer one day at a time with a thick layer of sunscreen over our skin!

History of National Sunscreen Day

This particular date was selected to fall on the same weekend as Memorial Day, precisely on the Friday before the national holiday, when people have the day off and often enjoy the first warm rays of summer.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is responsible for creating this day with the catchy alternative name of ‘Don’t Fry Day’. This might sound like fun, but skin cancer is no joke.

As stated by the National Council, overexposure to ultraviolet sun rays is serious business, with over 160,000 Americans diagnosed with melanoma every year. Out of those cases, half will be an invasive type of cancer. One American dies every hour because of melanoma, so dedicating a year to raise awareness around the matter is paramount. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, so help reduce the statistics using sunscreen!

How to Celebrate National Sunscreen Day

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend but do it responsibly by using sunscreen with an SPF (Skin Protection Factor) of 15 or more. Don’t forget to share your sunscreen with the ones close to you!

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