NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY – Friday before Memorial Day


National Don't Fry Day Friday Before Memorial Day

National Don’t Fry Day Friday Before Memorial Day


Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, it is National Don’t Fry Day.  The goal of National Don’t Fry Day is to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun.  It is important for everyone to remember to use good sun protection and sun safety practices.

Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.  The risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases as we spend more time enjoying the outdoors now that warmer weather is upon us.   We need to take precautions when we are outside in the sun.  Using a good sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are a few ways to get started with sun safety.

Skin cancer is curable if it is found early.  Be aware of changes on your skin with growths and in moles.  See your doctor if you have any concerns.  Be safe!

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National Don’t Fry Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, was created by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

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4 Responses to “NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY – Friday before Memorial Day”

  1. Jennifer Colaizzi May 22, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    As summer quickly approaches, EPA reminds Americans about the dangers of skin cancer and has provided simple steps Americans can take to protect themselves. EPA joins The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention in recognizing the Friday before Memorial Day (5/22/15) “Don’t Fry Day” as a way to highlight sun safety.

    Each year in the United States, nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer, with an annual cost estimated at $8.1 billion. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. In fact, more people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than with breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources.

    To help protect people’s health, EPA encourages kids and their caregivers to practice safe sun habits and raises awareness about UV sunlight that penetrates the Earth’s ozone layer:

    Check the UV Index app: Check the ultraviolet (UV) index anytime by downloading EPA’s app ( to help plan outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. UV rays from the sun (and from artificial light sources such as tanning beds) can lead to skin cancer.

    Apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing: Apply a palm-full of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to exposed skin about 15 minutes before heading outdoors. Reapply every two hours. Wearing protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses also prevents sun damage.

    Seek shade, not sun: The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so seek shade during this time.

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