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Protect your skin this Don’t Fry Day on May 24th through raised awareness and safe sun practices

As summer approaches and temperatures continue to rise, it is important we remain mindful of protecting our skin from the sun's harmful rays. Don't Fry Day, which falls on May 24th this year, aims to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention and encourage safe sun practices.

What is Don't Fry Day?
Observed annually on the Friday before Memorial Day, Don't Fry Day stresses the importance of shielding our skin from sunburn and the associated risks of overexposure to UV light. While some sun exposure is necessary for vitamin D production, going overboard and allowing our skin to burn can lead to both short and long term damage if repeated frequently over time.

History and Significance
The origins of Don't Fry Day trace back to efforts raising awareness about skin cancer risks and promoting effective sun protection habits. With skin cancer rates continuing to climb worldwide, this special day reminds us that enjoying the sun's warmth need not come at the cost of our . By avoiding excessive UV rays through simple measures like clothing, shade and sunscreen, we can help safeguard against potentially serious consequences down the line.

How to observe Don't Fry Day
Some suggested ways to mark Don't Fry Day include:

  • Avoid spending time in direct sunlight, especially between 10 AM to 4 PM when UV rays are strongest.
  • Cover up with protective clothing, broad-brimmed hats and UV blocking sunglasses if going outdoors.
  • Liberally apply broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all exposed skin.
  • Check the daily UV index and limit exposure when it is highest.
  • Educate family and friends on sun safety dos and don'ts through engaging discussions.

Making small tweaks to our daily routine can go a long way in preventing sun-related illnesses like skin cancer. As the summer season kicks into full swing, remember to stay “don't fry” for overall health and well-being.

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