Friday is Don't Fry Day
As skin cancer awareness month is coming to a close, we'd like to remind you that this Friday is Don't Fry Day.
Skin Cancer, Sun Safety, and the Cancer Plan
The 2016-2020 Colorado Cancer Plan has a few strategies for skin cancer prevention and control.
- Objective 2.3: Decrease exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation.
- Objective 5.3: Increase early detection rates of non-screenable cancers.
See all Cancer Plan graphics for May.
Skin Cancer Facts
- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed and 2.2 million people are treated annually.
- It is estimated that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.
- Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
- Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for young adults 15-29 years old.
- The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma continues to rise significantly, at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
- Whether from the sun or an artificial source, ultraviolet radiation is known to cause cancer.
Sun Safety Action Steps
- Don’t Burn
- Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
- Cover Up
- Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas
- Generously Apply Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
- Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand
- Check the UV Index
- Get Vitamin D Safely