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National Sunscreen Awareness Day

Updated on November 28, 2012

National Sunscreen Awareness Day

May 27th is National Sunscreen Awareness Day. National Sunscreen Awareness Day is a day to bring awareness to the dangers of the sun and the importance of wearing sunscreen. The Sun's ultraviolet rays can cause serious damage to your health. Wearing sunscreen can reduce your risk. National Sunscreen Awareness Day proceeds Don't Fry Day, which is May 28th.

About Melanoma (Skin Cancer)

Melanoma is the most serious type of Skin Cancer. It is cause from too much ultraviolet radiation reaching the skin, usually from the sun or other sources such as tanning beds. If found and treated early the outcome can be good. If not found in the early stages and left untreated it can be life-threatening. The Cancer can go deeper into the skin and spread to other parts of the body. A family history of melanoma also puts you at a higher risk. Consider having an annual skin cancer screening with your doctor.


Skin damage

Premature aging

Freckles and sun spots

Skin Cancer

Eye damage

Have you or someone you know ever had Skin Cancer?

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What puts you at a higher risk of Skin Cancer?

A personal or family history of Skin Cancer.

The amount of exposure to the sun and/or tanning beds.

A history of sunburns in your early years of life.

Skin that burns easily.

A lighter natural skin color, blue or green eyes and/or naturally blonde or red hair.

How To Protect Yourself From The Sun

Wear a (SPF) 15 or higher sunscreen, even on cloudy days because the clouds do not block UV rays. Apply it to your ears too... and wear a lip sunscreen.

Seek shade as much as possible.

Wear a hat.

Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.

Cover your skin with clothing. Wear light clothing.

Avoid tanning beds.

Try to avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. That is when the rays are the strongest.

Protect Your Baby!

Tips for protecting babies from the Sun

Apply a (SPF) 15 or higher sunscreen 30 minutes before going in the sun.

Use hats that have a brim.

Use baby sunglasses. Sum of the have straps so they can be easily toss off.

Cover with protective clothing, including the feet. Use light, lightweight clothing.

Use a stroller that provides shade from the sun.

Scientific evidence has proved that ultraviolet rays can cause damaged to your eyes. It is important to protect your eyes from the Sun's ultraviolet rays.

Do you wear eye protection (sunglasses) on sunny days?

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      ColbyKShipley 6 years ago

      I had no idea there was a National Sunscreen Awareness Day; thank you for the information. I think as a whole we are going in the right direction; when I was a kid I don't think there was much use of sun block. My face was always getting burnt, and as result, I am 34 and have already had 4 basal cell carcinomas removed. My kids don't go outside without sun block!

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Thank you for this important reminder.... It is very hard for me living in Florida to be careful all the time..... I am very tanned already and I am constantly in the sun..... What I really need to learn is to wear sunglasses.... It's difficult for me to get used to them..... I love to be in the water all the time and by the pool, on the beach, outside...... I needed to read this today..... :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for this information about sunscreens. Will lensroll to my swimsuit lens when it ranks. :)