Stay Safe in the Sun

Millions of people head outside over Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. As the temperature rises, so does the risk for skin damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S.  The good news is that skin cancer is highly curable when detected early and there are simple ways to protect your skin from sun damage.

Viewer Tip: The Friday before Memorial Day (May 27) is Don’t Fry Day. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and EPA provide these simple tips to help you remember to protect yourself from the sun and enjoy the outdoors safely:

  • Slip on a shirt;
  • Slop on some sunscreen;
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat;
  • Wrap on some sunglasses.

Check your local forecast for the UV Index and have fun in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This information is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise Program and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.  Additional statistics and resources for meteorologists are available at www.epa.gov/sunwise/doc/dfd_for_met.pdf.

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