05.24.1311:05 AM ET

Protect Your Skin on ‘Don’t Fry Day’

Sun safety can help prevent the proliferation of skin cancer.

It’s the unofficial start of summer—so slap on the sunscreen. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated May 24, 2013 as “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage women to use protection before donning that bikini. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined, and the number of women under age 40 diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Some tips to keep in mind: wear sun-reflective clothing, stock up on Vitamin D, seek out shade when possible and choose a mineral-based (zinc and titanium dioxide) SPF 30+ sunscreen.