National “Don’t Fry Day” – a reminder to always protect your skin in the sun
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as the 12th annual "Don't Fry Day" to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America.
The sun is out in full force and as people head outside – it’s time to think sunscreen.
Dr. Siri Knutsen-Larson of Monument Health Dermatology says if you’re at the store deciding which to buy – whatever sunscreen you wear is better than no sunscreen at all.
There are 2 categories of sunblocker, a physical or mineral sun blocker which contains Zinc Oxide. And then there’s a chemical sunscreen, which is popular in spray form and contains Oxybenzone.
Knutsen-Larson says, “Essentially when the sun hits your skin and you have a physical sunscreen on, it’s going to bounce it right off. Chemical sunscreen is going to absorb it and scatter it so your skin isn’t going to get the sun exposure.”
No one is immune to sun damage.
Knutsen-Larson says, “Every tan you get, every burn you get, your skin is damaging itself at that time.”
Especially watch young children in the sun – accumulative damage that can cause trouble down the road.
“Every sunburn up to age of 18, so all those sunburns in your young child life, that is what is going to increase your risk the most for skin cancer log term, so parents- it is just crucial you protect your kids,” says Knutsen-Larson.
Avoid the sun between the hours of 10-2 when UV radiant is at its highest. Wear at least an SPF 30 sunscreen.Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your face, neck and ears.
And reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
Knutsen-Larson says, “And the other really important thing is to really watch your skin. You want to watch you skin for moles changing in size, shape and color, or sores not healing and if any of those things were to happen, you’ll want to make sure you get in to see a dermatologist.”
And before you use your sunscreen from last year, make sure to check the expiration date. And when it comes to chapstick, make sure that it has SPF in it.