Insider’s Tips for Melanoma Prevention: Make Every Day Don’t Fry Day

Don'tFryDay_logo_v2The Friday before Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. is Don’t Fry Day – a day to remember to keep your skin safe as we launch into the summer season here in the northern hemisphere.

Why you should care – the case for every day as Don’t Fry Day

Most people want to avoid getting cancer, right? How many people do you know who say, “Sure, I want to set myself up for costly visits to the doctor, scars from surgery and needing drugs that may or may not save my life and have uncertain side-effects.”

And even if you’re one of those folks who want to take the risk because it might not happen to you, you don’t want your kids, family, and friends to go through that.

Stay Shady My Friends

Melanoma is one of the most preventable cancers under the sun – pun intended. Why? Because in the vast majority of melanomas from many different patients, scientists can see that ultraviolet (UV) light caused DNA damage, and DNA damage is the number one pre-disposing factor behind cancer. Very rarely, melanomas occur without an obvious amount of UV-caused DNA damage. But that doesn’t mean that UV isn’t a major culprit in causing most melanomas. It is. And, UV rays come from two major sources in our world – sunlight and tanning beds.

In a recent article in Chicago Health magazine, Jason J Luke, MD, who treats melanoma talks about the benefits of new therapies, which while good are by no means perfect. Still an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And for skin cancer and melanoma in particular, a little effort may mean you never get a bad melanoma in the first place.

Here are some tips for protecting your skin and preventing melanoma:
• Stay in the shade whenever possible
• Avoid the sun in the middle of the day when rays are strongest
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and other protective clothing
• Use and reapply a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, and/or after swimming or excessive sweating
• Avoid tanning beds

Protect your skin – make every day Don’t Fry Day – and share with your friends and family. You could literally save a life!

Learn more about Don’t Fry Day here.


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