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Don’t Fry Day

Members of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association participate annually in “Don’t Fry Day.”

The National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP) initiated Don’t Fry Day in 2009 to educate the public about sun protection and skin cancer prevention. This event takes place annually on the Friday before Memorial Day. Memorial Day — the unofficial first day of summer for most Americans and a great day to reinforce sun safety messages.

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association, in partnership with other NCSCP members, has created a Don’t Fry Day handout to educate patients and the public about skin cancer prevention on Don’t Fry Day. Visit the NCSCP website for more information on Don’t Fry Day and Don’t Fry Day Resources and Materials.

View a short video about Don’t Fry Day

Safety Facts:

  • UV intensity peaks in June making May a month with greater risk of sunburn than August.
  • The recommended adult dose for sunscreen is one ounce per application to cover the entire body surface. Most people apply only 25% of the recommended dose of sunscreen and never reapply. This effectively reduces sun protection by 75 to 100%.
  • 80% of children report summer sunburns. It is important to educate our pediatric and adult patients about proper sun protection – just one sunburn will significantly risk one’s risk for skin cancer.
  • Sun protection clothing including hats and long sleeve shirts may protect better than sunscreen, be sure to look for SPF 50 protection.
  • Always wear sunglasses to protect the eye from UV damage; look for 100% UV blockage since you can’t tell whether they have it, just by looking at the glasses.