The Skin Cancer Foundation Reminds Consumers to Stay Sun-Safe this July 4th Weekend

New York, NY (July 1, 2011) –The Skin Cancer Foundation is reminding consumers to stay sun-safe this July 4th weekend, and all through the summer. Whether you’re at the beach or in your own backyard, keep in mind that about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

People heading to the beach should be particularly vigilant, because water reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's rays, and sand, about 15 percent, adding to your overall exposure.

At backyard picnics and barbecues, seek shade under leafy green trees, and schedule Independence Day celebrations when the sun is less intense (before 10 AM and after 4 PM).

Since its inception in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher daily as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen. Sunscreen alone is not enough, however. Here is the full list of skin cancer prevention tips, for use July 4th weekend and all year long:

    • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
    • Do not burn.
    • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
    • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
    • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
    • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
    • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
    • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
    • See your doctor every year for a professional skin exam.

With a few simple precautions, you can celebrate Independence Day and enjoy time outdoors without risking your skin’s health.

About The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. For more information, visit, www.SkinCancer.org.