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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Every day should be a “Don’t Fry Day”

The Friday before Memorial Day is Don’t Fry Daydont_fry_day

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as Don’t Fry Day. The Council’s goal is to encourage sun safety awareness by reminding everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors onDon’t Fry Day and every day.
Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses.
Don't fry day
Don't fry day
 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:
  • Wear sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat 3inches at least, and sunglasses.
  • Apply sunscreen generously (remember to apply 20 minutes being going out in the sun).
  • Avoid sun burns, tanning, and using tanning beds.
  • Seek shade between 10am and 4pm.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand. Remember reflective surfaces increase  the intensity of the rays.
  • Get vitamin D safely through food and vitamin D supplements.
As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to
sunny sleevez anti uv sun sleeves
sunny sleevez anti uv sun sleeves
 enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.
Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.
Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Using a sunless self-tanning product and continuing to apply sunscreen can help greatly reduce skin cancer risk.
People with lighter-toned skin are more at risk of UV damage, although people of all races can and do develop skin cancer. If you have a family history of skin cancer, lots of moles or freckles, or a history of severe childhood sunburns you are at a higher risk of skin cancer. 
It’s never too early to start educating your children to be sun smart.
Minimizing the dangerous effects of unprotected sun exposure, should be a life-long practice for everyone.


The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention promotes the reducuction of skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

5 Ways to Boost Brain Power!

“Where are my keys?” “What was that person’s name again?” Memory glitches like these, though ordinary enough, can sometimes be an upsetting reminder that our memory may not serve us forever. 
If your brain function is not quite as sharp as it once was, here are 5 natural ways to protect your memory and boost your brain power, no matter what age you are!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Do you want safer personal care products?

 sun sleeve

Right now, cosmetics manufacturers may use almost any ingredient or raw material in soap, shampoo or makeupwithout government review or approval.
According to EWG’s research, 22 percent of all personal care products, including those made for children’s use, may contain the cancer-causing contaminant 1,4-Dioxane, and more than half of all sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a potential hormone disruptor.The U.S. government isn’t doing its job in protecting us from these hazards.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Are we exposing our kids to something much scarier than #BPA?

Hitting the Bottle By DOMINIQUE BROWNING
SUDDENLY, there’s a baby boom going on around me. I’m making weekly shopping trips to stock friends’ nurseries, and I’m struck by how many signs on the shelves advertise BPA-free bottles, BPA-free sippy cups. It breaks my heart. Manufacturers might be removing BPA, a chemical used to harden certain plastics, from their products, but they are substituting chemicals that may be just as dangerous, if not more so.
 “BPA-free” seems like a step in the right direction. BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a synthetic estrogen that disrupts normal endocrine function. There is growing evidence in animal studies that exposure during fetal growth affects the development of reproductive systems and, in offspring, can lead to neurological problems. BPA has also been linked to prostate and breast cancer. continued at NY Times
May is Skin Cancer Awaeness month, don’t forget to cover up and keep your beautiful skin, beautiful