NH DHHS - Division of Public Health Recognizes “Don’t Fry Day”

Concord, NH - Friday, May 25, 2012 is, “Don’t Fry Day.” The National

Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial

Day as a day of sun safety awareness. “Don’t Fry Day” also serves as a

reminder to everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors to

help prevent skin cancer. The following tips will help to keep you and your

family sun safe this summer:

Do not burn

Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds

Seek shade (between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm when sun’s rays are


Cover up; wear sun-protective clothing

Wear sunglasses with 99-100% UBA/UBV protection

Use sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)

Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States. While the incidence of

many common cancers is falling, the incidence of melanoma, the most deadly

form of skin cancer, continues to rise significantly. Melanoma is rising at

a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers. Between

2001 and 2005 New Hampshire had the second highest rate of new melanoma

diagnoses in the United States. This is 61% higher than the national

average. One blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person’s

chances of developing melanoma later in life. The Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that less than one third of American

youths practice effective sun protection.

“We can do better,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “The good news is

that skin cancer is highly curable if found early and it can be prevented

by practicing sun safety.”

There is also some important information everyone should know about


New FDA regulations do not allow sunscreens to use the words “sunblock,”

“waterproof,” or “sweatproof” because all sunscreens need to be reapplied

every two hours, and more often if you are in and out of water or sweating.

Sunscreen products that pass the broad spectrum test are allowed to be

labeled as “Broad Spectrum.” These “Broad Spectrum” sunscreens protect

against both UVA and UVB rays. Scientific data have demonstrated that

products that are “Broad Spectrum SPF 15 [or higher]” reduce the risk of

skin cancer and early skin aging when used with other sun protection

measures, in addition to helping prevent sunburn.

Reapplication. Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the

sun for more than two hours, and after you swim or engage in activities

that cause you to sweat.

Expiration date. Check the sunscreen's expiration date. Sunscreen has a

shelf life of no more than three years, and the shelf life is shorter if it

has been exposed to high temperatures.

For more information about Don’t Fry Day, go to

www.epa.gov/sunwise/dfdpledge.html . For more information about sun safety

and skin cancer prevention, go to