Program Coordinator Social Services for Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery County and Schenectady Counties. Ginger Champain teaches Monteomery Counts Department of Public Works staff about protective clothing
used for sun safety during a training earlier this month.

Montgomery County and the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention Partner to Remind Americans to Enjoy the Sun Safely this Summer

FONDA, NY –– To encourage everyone to take small steps for sun safety, Montgomery County Personnel’s Wellness Committee has partnered with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and its broad coalition of member organizations to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day”. This campaign stresses the importance of sun safety awareness and reminds everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the nation, with almost 5.5 million cases diagnosed in Americans each year – more than breast, colon, lung and
prostate cancers combined. In fact, 1 out of every 5 Americans will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.

“Don’t Fry Day is the perfect way to jump start the summer holiday,” says County Personnel Officer Nicole Yaggle. “We are proud to partner with the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention and the other esteemed coalition members to get this life-saving message front and center.”

Skin cancer is highly preventable.

Over 90 percent of all skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or indoor tanning devices. Americans can dramatically reduce their risk of skin cancer by:

  • Avoiding sunburns and tanning – no tan is a safe tan,
  • Generously applying sunscreen (and remembering to reapply every two hours),
  • Wearing sun-protective clothing,
  • Seeking shade during peak times of the day (typically 10am-2pm), and
  • Using extra caution near water, snow and sand.

About Don’t Fry Day: “Don’t Fry Day,” is a public awareness campaign that aims to reduce the number of new skin cancer diagnoses by promoting sun safety and encouraging people to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. Learn more at
National Council members represent the nation’s premiere physicians, researchers, clinicians and advocates for skin cancer prevention. Learn more at

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