No ‘frying’ over Memorial Day weekend, health officials warn

hHealth officials are warning people not to “fry,” but to protect their skin and eyes while enjoying the outdoors this Memorial Day weekend.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Skin Cancer Prevention Council announced that Friday marks the 16th annual “No Fry Day,” a day intended to encourage people to protect themselves. of the sun as the weather begins to warm. the long weekend. Authorities have warned that excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can increase the risk of developing skin cancer and cataracts.

“Remember to protect your skin and eyes from ultraviolet rays before going outdoors,” Joseph Goffman, deputy administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, said in a news release announcing Fry Day. “No Fry Day is a great annual reminder of the importance of sun protection.”

The EPA encouraged the public to use the agency’s UV Index app to view the UV forecast and read tips on how to be safe in the sun.

The EPA offered several compelling tips for people to protect themselves from the sun:

  • SLIDE! in a long-sleeved shirt or other clothing that covers the skin
  • DIRTY WATER! in sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, reapplying every two hours (sooner if nothing else)
  • SLAP! over a wide-brimmed hat that covers the nape of the neck and the tips of the ears
  • ENVELOPE! in a pair of sunglasses. There are some that wrap around the sides of the face, providing more protection from the sun.

Read more: Do you need more sunscreen when it’s hot outside?

Tanning beds and sunbaths can be harmful to the skin, so health officials urged the public to avoid them.

According to the EPA, nearly 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer. In 2024, more than 100,600 new cases of invasive melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, are likely to be diagnosed in the United States, the American Cancer Society predicts. That’s about 3,000 more cases than estimated for 2023.

Some people may have a higher risk of developing skin cancer depending on several factors, including the color of their skin, whether they had a history of blistering sunburns as a child, whether they have many moles, or whether they have a family history of skin cancer. cancer. The EPA also reminded the public that it is important for people to protect themselves from the sun year-round, not just in the summer.

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