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Be sun wise this Memorial Day weekend

Don't forget to wish your neighbors a happy Don't Fry Day.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don't Fry Day to bring sun safety awareness to all swimmers, barbecue attendees, outdoor adventurists and other folks who are subject to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Overexposure to UV radiation is a major risk factor for most forms of skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States.

The Council recommends these steps to stay safe:

Slip! Slop! Slap!...and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

As previously reported on Scope, Stanford dermatologists will be hosting a free skin cancer screening on June 2 in Redwood City.

Previously: The importance of sunscreen in preventing skin cancer and Working to prevent melanoma
Photo by Vassil Tzvetanov

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