PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) This weekend is the unofficial start to summer and that’s why Friday, May 28 is “Don’t Fry Day.” It’s a reminder to wear sunscreen.
The sun’s rays can cause skin cancer.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. each year than all other cancers combined and more than two people die of skin cancer every hour.
The Dermatology Department at Horizon Health in Paris, Illinois suggests you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.
Nurse Practitioner Angie Hamilton says there are other things you can do as well.
“Wear a hat and a nice wide brim hat. You need it to cover your nose. If you wear a baseball cap, it only goes to here and it puts your ears out,” says Angie Hamilton. “So the other thing then is sunglasses. You need to have UVA, UVB, protected sunglasses and wear them all of the time.”
You can also buy clothes that have sun protection built-in.