It's the first Friday in May -- and for many parts of the country it marks the beginning of the "sun season" where warmth is gratefully here to stay. There is great temptation to go outside and soak in all of the rays, but today is a reminder to avoid the serious downside of unprotected sunning.
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP) has designated a "Don't Fry Day" to encourage campuses, educators and parents to proactively create awareness about the hazards of sun exposure. Don't Fry Day encourages people not only to take preventative steps to guard against UV rays, but educates them on how to respond should a melanoma be detected. A host of free resources are available here.
The NCSCP estimates that two million new cases of skin cancer will be detected this year. It is one of the most pervasive -- and one of the most preventable -- cancers in the United States. The official "Don't Fry Day" is May 26, but why wait until then to start habits that can last through the summer?