Help Us Remind People to be SunWise

By Jessica Orquina

We need your help to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? More than 3,500,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year and one person dies from the disease every hour. But there are simple steps you can take to help protect yourself and your family. We call it being SunWise, and it includes things like using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing.

Here’s another big thing you can do: share these steps with your friends. To help you do that, we started a Thunderclap, which is like a virtual flash mob.

Here’s how it works: you agree to let Thunderclap send a specific, one-time message on your behalf to your social networks on Don’t Fry Day, May 23, at 12:00 pm EDT. If 250 or more people agree, the message will go out on everyone’s walls and feeds at the same time for people to read around the world.

Here’s the message:

“It’s #DontFryDay. What are you doing to protect your skin and raise awareness about skin cancer? http://www2.epa.gov/sunwise/dont-fry-day #SunWise”

Remember, we need to get at least 250 people to join our Thunderclap, or it won’t go.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Sign up below to join our Thunderclap.
  2. Share the link to the Thunderclap with your friends, so we get at least 250 people sharing the message.
  3. Read our steps for sun safety and learn how to be SunWise.

Thanks so much for helping us help people be SunWise!

About the author: Jessica Orquina works in the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education as the social media lead for the agency. Prior to joining EPA, she served as a military and commercial airline pilot. She lives, works, and writes in Washington, DC.