EPA asks Pennsylvania Residents to Be Sun-Wise and Sun-Safe this Summer
Release Date: 05/27/2011
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-814-5543
(PHILADELPHIA - May 27, 2011) — Every hour, one American dies from skin cancer – the number one cancer in the U.S. To help people learn easy ways to combat the disease, the U.S. EPA SunWise program has partnered with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to designate today, the Friday before Memorial Day, as “Don’t Fry Day.” EPA encourages Pennsylvania residents practice
sun-safe behaviors to reduce overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation – the main cause of skin cancer.
“Whether families and friends are going to the beach, a baseball game, or enjoying a backyard event, everyone should put on sunscreen and wear clothing and sunglasses that protect them from harmful UV rays," said EPA’s mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. "If you don’t do this already, I encourage you and your family to start this healthy habit today.”
Each Memorial Day weekend, millions of Americans kick off the summer season and begin enjoying the great outdoors. Though skin cancer risks exist all year long, the dangers are even greater during the summer months, when the days are longer, and more people are outside for longer periods of time. From 1975–2007, the melanoma death rate more than doubled among residents over the age of 50. The rate of melanoma deaths among men is more than double the rate among women in Pennsylvania.
For “Don’t Fry Day” EPA encourages everyone to practice the Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap sun-safety tips:
- · Slip on a shirt, preferably with sleeves;
· Slop on SPF 15+ sunscreen generously;
· Slap on a hat; and
· Wrap on sunglasses.
4 p.m. Checking the UV Index to plan outdoor activities is also key for identifying times that pose the greatest risk for overexposure to the sun.
In the U.S., skin cancer affects more than two million people each year, outnumbering the cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop the disease in their lifetime. Meanwhile, melanoma—the most serious form of skin cancer— is on the rise. It is the most common cancer among young adults ages 25 to 29.
Listen to EPA’s regional children’s health coordinator talk about ways to avoid over exposure to the sun;
For more on sun safety resources, including a sun safety packing list and new public service announcements created by kids in K-8, go to: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/dfd.html.
EPA’s SunWise program is a national environmental and health education program that teaches children and their caregivers how to be safe in the sun through the use of classroom-, school-, and community-based components. To learn more about free SunWise resources, download the UV Index widget or smart phone application, or sign up to receive daily UV Index forecasts, visit www.epa.gov/sunwise.