Richland Public Health and the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention Partner to Remind Americans to Enjoy the Sun Safely this Summer

Friday before Memorial Day Declared “Don’t Fry Day” as Reminder to Take Small Steps for Sun Safety

Richland County, OH — To encourage everyone to take small steps for sun safety, Richland Public Health partnered with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention on and its broad coalition of member organizations to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as the 13th annual “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin by taking ‘small steps to sun safety’ while enjoying the outdoors.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the nation, with almost 5.5 million cases diagnosed in Americans each year – more than breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers combined. In fact, 1 out of every 5 Americans will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in their life me.

Skin cancer is highly preventable. Over 90% of all skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation on from the sun or indoor tanning devices. Americans can dramatically reduce their risk of skin cancer by:

  • Not burning or tanning intentionally – no tan is a safe tan
  • Generously applying sunscreen (remembering to reapply every two hours)
  • Wearing sun-protective clothing
  • Seeking shade during peak times of the day
  • Using extra cautious on near water, snow and sand

About Don’t Fry Day: “Don’t Fry Day,” now in its thirteenth year, is a public awareness campaign that aims to reduce the number of new skin cancer diagnoses by promo ng sun safety and encouraging people to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. Learn more at\

National Council members represent the nation’s premiere physicians, researchers, clinicians and advocates for skin cancer prevention. Learn more at

To see more tips for Summer Safety, see Richland Public Health’s page at: