For Immediate Release
Katie Patterson-Ingels, 785-368-8053
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared Friday, May 28 as Don’t Fry Day. This is the start of Memorial Day weekend when many people traditionally begin spending more time outdoors. This campaign seeks to advance awareness of skin cancer prevention.
“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer,” said Roderick Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). “That includes taking precautions to lower your risk of skin cancer – the most common form of cancer in the U.S.”
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, including more than 100,000 cases of melanoma.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, especially among young people. One American dies of melanoma almost every hour. In Kansas, as many as 12,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, including more than 550 cases of melanoma. Nearly 100 deaths in Kansas are due to the disease annually.
“The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun,” said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, State Health Officer and Director of Health for KDHE. “Up to 90 percent of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light or sunlight and could be prevented if children, adolescents and adults were protected from ultraviolet radiation.”
KDHE and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention offer the below reminders on how to enjoy the outdoors safely.
What You Can Do to Be Safe in the Sun: