The May long weekend is known as the unofficial beginning of summer. Longer days and sunnier weather attracts us outside. Public pools open all over the lower mainland. In our excitement to enjoy the outdoors, we may forget to take time to protect ourselves and our family from the dangers of the sun. Your skin is the body’s largest organ. Most skin cancers are preventable.
Why Should I Care About Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76,600 cases of skin cancer in 2013. In 2010, there were 75,500 new cases of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the second most common cancer in young people.
The American Cancer Society says that you can remember how to protect yourself from UV rays, the dangerous rays from the sun, with the phrase “Slip! Slop! Slap! And Wrap!”
· Slip on a shirt
· Slop on sunscreen
· Slap on a hat
· Wrap on sunglasses
The American Cancer Society has an awareness campaign in May called Don’t Fry Day on Friday, May 24th, 2013.
Along with promoting Don’t Fry Day, the Society recommends these sun safe behaviors for all people every day:
The American Cancer Society also promotes early detection of skin cancer in adults through regular skin self-exams, and an examination for skin cancer should be part of periodic health exams.
Take the sun safety quiz from the American Cancer Society to test your sun knowledge:
There is more information and another quiz on the interactive website at http://www.suntips.ca/
Summer is coming. Take the time to protect yourself and your family before you go and enjoy our great outdoors.
(May 26, 2013)
(Includes all 2002 to date Weekly Features with descriptions)