Butler Grange discusses sun safety as summer is heating up

SALEM – Ida Zepernick presided when Butler Grange met May 17. Carol Speece presented for Bill Speece, a synopsis of an article “The price of Ivory”by Baxter Black.

Deaf chairman Carol Speece read the poem “The littlest One.” Ruth Ann Altenhof presented the program: The National Council on skin cancer prevention has designated Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day.” Altenhof reiterated simple steps you can take to prevent sun related skin cancer, “such as slip on a shirt, slop on sun screen of SPF 15 or higher, and wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses.

Speece offered “Sun safety is never out of season.” Sally Hays added “It’s important to limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Wear clothes that protect your body, wear a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and pants. Be serious about sunscreen, give babies and children extra care in the sun.” Clyde Zepernick advised to protect your eyes. Look for labels that specifically offers 99 to 100 percent UV protection.

Ida Zepernick discussed the risks of indoor tanning beds as they increase risk of skin damage, skin cancer and eye injury. Indoor tanners are 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. Hays added “There is increasing evidence that tanning in childhood to early adult life increases the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma.”