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“Don’t Fry” Friday: Ohioans Encouraged to Use Sun Protection

May 25, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's going to be a hot, sunny Memorial Day weekend in Ohio, but before heading outside, experts say families should make sure they take the right precautions to stay safe in the sun.

Every year, the Friday before Memorial Day is designated "Don't Fry Day." Lindsey Wright, a nurse practitioner specializing in dermatology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, says skin cancer rates are rising – the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates more than 76,000 new cases of melanoma nationally this year.

While skin cancers are typically diagnosed in adulthood, says Wright, they are reflective of how we treated our skin in our early years.

"It's the highest association with sunburns during childhood, so we're seeing it increase – most common in young adults being ages 25 to 29, with the increase in the tanning bed use – as well as the outdoor exposure."

To stay safe, Wright suggests avoiding time outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest. She recommends using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 or higher. Apply it every two hours, or more frequently if you are in the water. She also recommends checking the expiration date on sunscreen and storing it in a cool spot.

It is important to wear sunscreen year-round and any time you are outside, she adds, even if just for 20 minutes.

"As long as the sun is in the sky, it's always giving off UV light that's hitting the ground, thus hitting us and causing sun damage or UV light damage."

While skin cancer is a common condition, it is also mostly preventable. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at higher risk. And when it comes to detection, Wright says, a handy guideline is to consider the 'A-B-C-D-Es.' She explains:

"'A' being asymmetry; 'B' being the border - irregularities of the actual mole; 'C' being color variability; 'D' being the diameter and the actual mole enlarging; and 'E' being evolving, which means the mole is changing."

More tips on sun safety are online at skincancerprevention.org.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH