Don't Fry Day, a national day of skin cancer awareness, is held each year on the Friday before Memorial Day!

In an effort to educate the public, and reduce the incidencFoster DFD 2015 4e of skin cancer, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention – along with its partnering organizations – designated the Friday before Memorial Day as "Don't Fry Day."

This past year, the U.S. Surgeon Generals office issued a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer due to the increasing rates of skin cancer in this country, creating a serious public health concern.

Whether in direct sun or exposure to harmful UV radiation from tanning beds or sun lamps, individuals are damaging their skin and increasing their risk of skin cancer.

While the skin needs sunlight to help manufacture vitamin D, important for normal bone formation, over exposure to UV light can be detrimental as the rays penetrate the outer skin layers and pass into the deeper layers damaging and killing skin cells. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends seeking vitamin D through food and supplements.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention urges the public to understand the risks of too much UV exposure, and encourages them to protect themselves from the sun and reduce their risk of cancer.

For more information on how to protect yourself from skin cancer, visit the National Council's site at The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is the untied voice of more than 40 organizations, associations and agencies dedicated to reducing skin cancer morbidity and mortality in the United States. Council members represent some of the nation's premiere physicians, researchers, clinicians and advocates for melanoma and skin cancer prevention.

Children's Melanoma Prevention foundation taught 3,000 students the week of Don't Fry Day.  Here is a video from one participating school, Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, MA. High School in Kingston, MA.