National Sunscreen Day – Protecting your family’s skin


National Sunscreen Day falls every year on the Friday before Memorial Day. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention calls it “Don’t Fry Day”, which is another way to say, use sunscreen and other tools to protect your family’s skin while enjoying the outdoors. 

The sun shines most of the year in the Coastal Bend, which is why sunscreen and sun protection is so important. From

  • “Each year in the U.S., there are more new cases of skin cancer than new cases of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer COMBINED.
  • One in five children will grow up to get skin cancer.
  • The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma continues to rise significantly, at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
  • Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for young adults ages 15 – 29.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults ages 25 – 29.”

Here’s another way to look at it:

Don't Fry Day


Do I have your attention now? Good. Here are some items or actions you can take to reduce your sun exposure and protect your family’s skin.

  • Use sunscreen and use it properly by applying at least 15 minutes before going out into the sun. Read more HERE.
  • Wear a shirt.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest.

Some other ideas to promote sunscreen use:

  • As you wrap up your (home) school year, incorporate a lesson on sun safety and ask kids to draw a picture or poster showing sunscreen use. 
  • If you plan on getting end of school year gifts for teachers or school staff, include bottles of sunscreen or lip balm with SPF.
  • Download the UV Index Widget – Worldwide app on your smartphone to check the UV index in your area.

National Sunscreen Day is one day designed to highlight the importance of sunscreen use. Please, please incorporate sunscreen use into your family’s routine every day. Your family’s skin will thank you!

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Erin grew up in West Texas and met her husband there in college. She and J. have been married for 24 years and have lived all over Texas and the Caribbean. She settled in Corpus about 6 years ago and loves being close to the beach once again. Erin’s son arrived when she was 39, so she’s a late-comer to the mommy party! Erin has been writing in some form for most of her professional career, including for TV news, press releases and commercials. She joined CCMB to learn more about blogging. She also contributes videos of CCMB events. Likes: Weezer, avocados, nerd humor, reading, cooking, eating and wine. Dislikes: people who drive slow in the fast lane and being late.


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