Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States? And, did you know that melanoma, which is responsible for 75% of all skin cancer deaths, is diagnosed in Oregon at a rate 36% higher than the national average?
Unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma, and early detection of melanoma can save lives. This is why CROET, the Knight Cancer Institute and the OHSU Department of Dermatology are participating in Don’t Fry Day. Don’t Fry Day, Friday May 24, is sponsored by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and SunWise, a U.S. EPA health and environmental education program that teaches children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Don’t Fry Day occurs every Friday before Memorial Day.
Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! when you’re outdoors. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses. You can learn more about skin cancer prevention by visiting the Don’t Fry Day booth, located outside the Old Library at OHSU between 11 am and 2 pm this Friday!
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