Even though the weather forecast for our area is not boding well for sunshine, the American Cancer Society is running a nationwide campaign today to kick off the holiday weekend, dubbing it “Don't Fry Day” Friday.
More new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the US this year than new cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined, according to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. And Wyoming has the fourth-highest melanoma death rate nationally.
The “Don't Fry Day” message is to raise awareness about the link between skin cancer and overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. Kathy Holdefer is with ACS.
Holdefer says the number one preventable risk factor for skin cancer is keeping exposure in check – whether that exposure comes from the sun or from tanning beds.
Melanoma, the more dangerous form of skin cancer, is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Wyoming.