Here’s come summer! Memorial Day weekend, a time to honor U.S. military people who died in service to the country, has also become the gateway to summer fun! Our first camping trip usually took place Memorial Day weekend and for others, it may mean getting the boat in the water, planting the garden in the northeast, or heading to the beach. Did you know that the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend is now recognized as Don’t Fry Day by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.
With all the warm weather fun to come, Don’t Fry Day is the perfect time to remember how important sun safety is for all of us. Listed on the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention site are some easy #sunsmarts that we all can practice:
- Do Not Burn or Tan
- Seek Shade
- Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
- Generously Apply Sunscreen
- Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
- Get Vitamin D Safely
As someone who always sought the sun and loves to be outdoors, I feel I have a choice. I can be sensible with sun safety or I can hide away inside. Well, I need to be outside so I plan on doing what I need to do to be enjoying life and living with melanoma.
After being checked for ocular melanoma recently, I’d add polarized sun glasses to the above list for visual sun safety. And yes, I have protective clothing, and have you considered a face mask? Fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts wear them and again, I don’t want to live my life indoors. Some days my face mask makes great sense so I can boat, walk the beach, or garden while protecting my face (where tumors were removed and radiation added). Wide brim hats offer some protection, depending on the fabric. Keep an eye on the UV Index, avoiding mid-day sun when possible.
A Change Would Do You Good (Cheryl Crow)
As someone who always sought the sun and loves to be outdoors, I feel I have a choice. I can be sensible with sun safety or I can hide away inside. I need to be outside on these beautiful, warm days, so I plan on doing what I need to do to be enjoying life and living with melanoma. My brother in-law says “nothing changes until something changes”. Sun attitudes need to change in our society and I am proof that it can and should be a life saving change for all of us. New outdoor habits take a bit of will power and common sense. Be pro-active and incorporate sun safety into your life.
May is melanoma awareness month and comes at the perfect time as we all gear up for the sunshine months we love. I wrote about Melanoma Monday earlier this month and Don’t Fry Day is another opportunity to promote skin cancer prevention. Things happen in life that change us, and I’d be the first to admit I have worshiped the sun…a lot. With two melanoma diagnoses in the rear view mirror, it’s time for a change in my life and also time to change the culture of sun worship.
I still plan to enjoy all the fun that summer brings…I will just have a bit more gear for cruising! It’s not the end, it’s the beginning of a new way to love the summer months, to love life.
Happy Don’t Fry Day! And Memorial Day – thank you to all the people in United States service who lost their lives so that we might be free.
#Don’t Fry Day #melanoma #melanomatheskinwerein
We can-cer vive!