Don't Fry Day | Sun Protection Tips | Skin Cancer Awareness

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Today is officially National "Don't Fry Day".  Memorial weekend is typically the weekend when summer fun in the sun begins.  People are opening up their pools and putting boats in the water.  This weekend is the perfect time to remember the rules of staying safe while you're out in the sun.  Remember these easy steps!
  1. Slip--into a shirt.  Darker colors and tighter weaves are better.
  2. Slop--slop on sunblock (SPF 15 or higher).  The normal suggestion is a shot-glass sized amount for your body--1 oz.
  3. Slap--on a hat.  Make sure it has a wide enough brim to cover your ears and provide shade for your face. 
  4. Wrap--on sunglasses.
I know that some of you may be concerned about the chemicals in sunscreens and sunblocks, but it is still important to keep your kids safe from sunburns and sun exposure.  You can find out which sunblocks are the safest options at Environmental Working Groups Best Sunscreens 2011 page.

You can also get your kids involved with learning about how to protect themselves with these cute coloring pages from the EPA.

Also, many people think that they should get sun for Vitamin D.  The Skin Cancer Foundation and The Melanoma Research Foundation both are strongly against this.  You can find an article about Vitamin D recommendations from the Skin Cancer Foundation HERE

 Melanoma Research Foundation says that Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25- to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15- to 29-years-old.  You can find out more information about Melanoma at their website: http://www.melanoma.org/
So, please protect your kids and yourself from the sun this weekend!!

And don't think that it can't happen to you!
I used to always tan dark when I was little.  I thought since I tanned so easily, I would never get skin cancer.  I was wrong.  I had a pre-cancerous mole taken off 7 years ago. Since my aunt had a Melanoma, mine likely would have become one.   Now, I see a dermatologist every 6 months.  AND, the moles she took off to biopsy, I NEVER would have looked at.  They were small and round and had even edges.  It is best to let a professional check you out, since they are trained to know what suspicious moles look like. 

Once I found out that I was extremely high risk, I just figured moving me to Ohio was part of God's plan to keep me safer!  (Since it's cold to me 9 months out of the year) Heehee.  If you'd like to know your risk factors, you can check HERE.  I have 6 of the 8 risk factors!!

Everyone have a safe and Happy Weekend!  Don't forget to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.  And Don't forget to join the hop!



 





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