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Share Sunburn Stories With CNN's iReport

Thursday, May 13, 2010 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CNN's iReport and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention want to hear bad sunburn stories for a good cause. Participate in the "Worst Sunburn Ever" assignment by submitting old photographs along with stories at www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=442925. Hurry and submit photos by May 20. Some entries will be aired on CNN on Don't Fry Day, Friday, May 28.  

Don't Fry Day is a national day of events and activities to promote sun safety and combat skin cancer.  Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the U.S. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. Whether from the sun or an artificial light source, ultraviolet radiation causes cancer, just like tobacco smoke and asbestos do.

"Any change in your skin, whether burned or slightly tanned, is a sign of UV damage," says Drusilla Hufford, past Council co-chair. "The good news is:  you can protect yourself and your family from too much sun.  The Don't Fry Day message is simple:  Have fun outdoors, but be smart about it."

Here are some easy ways to be safe in the sun. Remember, Slip, Slop, Slap®...and Wrap(1) and plan activities away from the midday sun:

  • Slip on a shirt;
  • Slop on sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher);
  • Slap on a hat; and
  • Wrap on sunglasses.

For more information about Don't Fry Day and to download a sun-safety vacation packing list, visit www.dontfryday.org. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is the united voice of 45 groups dedicated to reducing skin cancer morbidity and mortality in the U.S. Council members represent some of the nation's premier researchers, clinicians and advocates for melanoma and skin cancer prevention.  

(1) Slip, Slop, Slap® is a registered trademark of the American Cancer Society.

SOURCE The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention

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