ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) — The American Cancer Society is reminding people to wear sunscreen on “Don’t Fry Day” to prevent skin cancer.
The Friday before Memorial Day weekend is the annual day that the organization stresses the importance of sunscreen. A lot of people spend the weekend boating and participating in activities outside in the sun.
Local Mayo Clinic Health System dermatologists want you to protect your skin and refute the belief that a burn will simply turn into a summer tan.
“The tan is your body’s response to try to protect itself from damage,” Mary Duh, Onalaska Mayo Clinic Health System Physician Assistant of Dermatology said. “And even one sunburn can increase the risk for skin cancer a fair amount. So I usually tell people don’t get the sunburn. Just don’t get burned at all. Try to wear the sunscreen and clothing to protect the skin.”
The Skin Cancer Foundation said that only five sunburns can significantly increase your risk of getting melanoma–an extremely dangerous form of skin cancer. One should use at least SPF 30 and re-apply sunscreen every two hours while swimming or seating.