Earth Calendar for May 22nd and May 23rd

May 22, 2013

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recognizing the Friday before Memorial Day as "Don’t Fry Day", to encourage Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health and prevent skin cancer throughout the summer.

 While we’re making progress toward restoring the Earth’s ozone layer, Americans need to take steps now for extra protection from harmful UV rays and skin cancer. We can stay safe under the sun and enjoy the outdoors by taking simple steps such as using sunscreen and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses. If current trends continue, one in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime, and many of these skin cancers could be prevented by reducing UV exposure from the sun and indoor tanning devices. Of particular concern is the increase in rates of melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. In the United States, melanoma is one of the most common cancers among people ages 15 to 29 years. To make it easier for people to choose products that effectively reduce the health risks of UV overexposure, the FDA has issued new labeling rules for sunscreen products. New water resistance claims on the front label must indicate whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming. For more information from the National Council on  Cancer Prevention, visit the website.



On Our Calendar: Limestone layers of the Cincinnati area tell a tale of ocean life from millions of years ago. Delve into this world by seeing actual fossil specimens and participating in hands-on discovery activities June 1st, 2:00 pm at Miami Whitewater Forest at the Visitor Center. For more information about this free event, visit the website