Skin-Cancer Prevention Campaign Declares Today National Don't Fry Day

Today has been declared National Don't Fry Day.

BySUZAN CLARKE via via logo
May 27, 2010, 9:10 PM

May 28, 2010 — -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have launched a skin cancer prevention campaign that declares today Don't Fry Day.

The campaign encourages people not to "fry" their skins by overexposure to the sun or tanning beds. It also aims to raise awareness and provide information and resources about the disease.

Click HERE for more on National Don't Fry Day.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. More than 2 million cases of the disease are diagnosed every year, according to the American Cancer Society.

"Good Morning America" co-anchor Sam Champion had surgery on live television earlier this month to remove a cancerous spot -- a basal cell carcinoma -- from his skin.

It was his fifth basal cell carcinoma removal and, Champion said, he had the latest procedure on television to highlight the national problem.

Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer, and one in five people will be diagnosed with some form of the disease in their lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, an international organization that urges awareness, prevention and early detection of the disease.

Summer Sun Safety Tips

There are three main kinds of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and it's rarely fatal. Squamous cell carcinoma is diagnosed about 250,000 times per year. It, too, is easily treated, although it results in about 2,500 deaths per year. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, resulting in 122,000 cases in 2009, with 8,600 fatalities, according to the American Cancer Society.

With people heading out to the beach for this Memorial Day weekend, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is urging safe behavior. Here are some of its tips:

Click HERE to learn more about the kinds of sunscreens you should choose.

The following is a list of skin cancer resources. You can download smartphone apps and website widgets, take quizzes and learn a lot more about skin cancer.

Click here to return to the "Good Morning America" Web site.

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