'Don't Fry Day' is basically remembering what you mother told you for all those years: don't forget to wear sunscreen.The above video is pretty awesome because it shows you what ultraviolet lights, which as you know, is what can potentially cause skin cancer if you become overexposed.

The American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 22, as 'Don’t Fry Day' to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.

As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. The American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. The ACS also estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S. this year.

Shannon Medical Center will hand out free sunscreen packets on “Don’t Fry Day” from 11 am to 1 pm outside the Memorial Cafeteria on the second floor of the hospital, 120 E. Harris. Information on skin cancer prevention will also be available. Everyone is invited to attend. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely